2017 university fee announcement postponed

2016-08-12 14:50
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. (Picture: DoC)

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. (Picture: DoC)

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Pretoria - The media briefing by minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande regarding university fees for 2017 has been postponed, his department said on Friday.

"Today's scheduled announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training of his recommendations to university councils regarding possible fee increases for the 2017 academic year has been postponed to allow for further consultations," spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said in a statement.

"Minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday received the report of the Council on Higher Education on fees in 2017, and had hoped to make an announcement as early as today following consultation with a very wide range of stakeholders. These discussions with the vice chancellor's body Universities South Africa, student representatives, the organisation of university council chairpersons, and civil society and political formations are however still ongoing."

Nkwanyana said Nzimande has decided to gather further views and suggestions before proceeding with any announcement.

"Given the competing views on fee adjustments during this period in which the Heher Commission of Inquiry is still gathering evidence before making long term proposals, it was seen to be imperative that as broad a consensus as possible regarding 2017 is achieved," said Nkwanyana.

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