TUT welcomes release of Presidential report on student fees

The Tshwane University of Technology welcomes the release of the long-awaited Presidential report on student fees.

Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal this morning also echoed some concerns raised by Universities South Africa following the release of the report.

“The timing of the release, in the middle of the final exams is a concern. There are some good recommendations in the report but the higher education sector needs more definite answers. Hopefully there will be answers to the questions before the 2018 academic year commences,” he said.

Prof van Staden added that TUT has made extensive inputs to the Commission on Student Fees. Since 2016, our position as the “People’s University” on fee-free education has been well known in the sector. TUT, like the rest of public universities in the higher education sector, has been awaiting the release of the Presidential Report and the decisions that will come from Government with respect to the future of student fees.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding led by the Minister in the Presidency Mr Jeff Radebe, and the Presidential Fiscal Committee whose lead Minister is the Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, are currently processing the report. Hence, the higher education sector will await the President’s pronouncement on the Report with respect to the way forward, once the Ministers have concluded their work.

The President’s decision to release the Report prior to the conclusion of their work in processing it, will afford the public and the higher education sector an opportunity to study it and its recommendations.

Likewise, TUT will study the recommendations in the report and the potential implications in-depth before the University can make any further announcements.

For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology please contact Willa de Ruyter on tel: 012 382 5352 or send an email to deruyterw@tut.ac.za.