Dr Nico Cloete, Director of Centre for Higher Education Trust told the fees commission that they need to differentiate the funding system. He says the funding system needs to consider the different classes that are in this country.
According to Cloete, education is never going to be free, but it is a question of who is going to pay, how , and when.
In a situation where you have less than 10 % of the poor qualifying for university and 60-70 of middle class qualifying, then if education is free, it is still the middle class and the rich who will be benefiting, because more of them are going to university, says Cloete.
President Jacob Zuma initiated the Fees Commission to look into the feasibility of free higher education following last year’s #FeesMustFall protests.
You cant have a single system of funding. we need to look at a system that will support the poor and middle class. We need a system that will treat these groups differently— Dr Nico Cloete, Director of Centre for Higher Education Trust
We cant have one funding system as if everybody in the university system is not the same— Dr Nico Cloete, Director of Centre for Higher Education Trust