In Johannesburg, South Africa, a commission has discovered that gratuitous education for all is simply not a viable concept
A commission responsible for the distribution and management of education fees, led by Jonathan Heher, a former judge, published a report that newspaper outlet City Press claims reveals that it is not possible to offer free, quality education to all citizens.
The report, which is nearly 800 pages, details a different approach employing multiple strategies and tactics to improve education accessibility in South Africa.
It emphasizes that South Africa’s economy must be taken into account, as well as other infrastructural demands requiring funding.
Among potential strategies outlined within the report is a loan system that is contingent on income: students may begin to repay their loans following their attainment of gainful employment, at a rate that is fair depending on their incomes.
The report allegedly also suggests that the student repayment system should be monitored by and conducted through Sars, stating that once a student is granted a loan that student must register as a legal taxpayer and thus be liable for the debts he or she incurs.
Another recommendation within the report is that the South African government should set aside 1% of its Gross Domestic Profit for universities so that students can pay fees that are fair and reasonably affordable.
Commission came into existence over protests
South African President Zuma created the commission responsible for the report in 2015 following protests across the nation by students over inaccessible and unaffordable education.
The Presidential administration confirmed to the public that the report was received in late August, and that it will process the report and consult with ministers of the Cabinet.
Students across South Africa have vehemently protested, demanding the report be delivered to the public.