The proposed graduate tax is not cast in stone, the ANC has said.
“We want to clarify that this was not a firm recommendation. [It is] safe to say that the [education] commission agreed that this recommendation needs to be considered in future,” party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said today in a statement.
“To this extent, no consideration has been made by the sub-committee or the ANC on this recommendation.”
The African National Congress resolved at its elective conference in Mangaung last year to introduce a tax on graduates.
Conference delegates participating in the education and health commission resolved that consideration “must be given to a graduate tax for all graduates from higher education institutions”.
It did not provide more details.
The sub-committee on education and health proposed that recipients of state loans, which had been converted to bursaries, should make a contribution by giving back to the bursary fund to benefit other needy students going forward, said Mthembu.