BuzzSouthAfrica can confirm that President Jacob Zuma’s new year gift to South African youth is a fully subsidized free higher education and training for poor and working-class undergraduate students.
His Excellency has announced that his government is set to introduce the fully subsidized free education. It will start in 2018 with students in their first year of study at the various higher education institute of the country.
According to Mr President, this move bodes well for youth fro over 90 percent of South African households. It is an intervention that will make it possible for the government to extend fully subsidized free higher education, he stressed.
“From 2018 onwards, eligible South African children of the unemployed, social grant recipients, South Africans earning below the minimum wage, domestic workers, farm workers, mine workers and entry-level civil servants such as teachers, nurses, policemen, municipal workers, security guards, refuse collectors and informal traders, amongst others, will now access public universities and TVET colleges for free through grants provided by government, read a statement the President issued.
From what we gathered, the fully subsidized free education will include tuition fees, prescribed study material, meals, accommodation and transport fees. Now, the phrase poor and working-class students refer to students from South African households with a combined annual income of up to R350 000 currently enrolled in university or TVET colleges.
Also, His Excellency promised that there will be no tuition fee increment for students from households that earn up to R600 000 a year during the 2018 academic year.
He added that the Minister of Higher Education and Training will work with the Finance Minister to regularly revise this intervention policy so as to ensure everything is in order.