President Jacob Zuma has stressed government’s commitment to ensuring free higher education for learners from poor households in his New Year’s message.

During the African National Congress‘s recent national elective conference in Johannesburg, President Zuma announced far-reaching policy changes in which higher education would be funded for students from poor backgrounds.

The initiative which aims to benefit over 90% of students has been widely criticised.

It is expected to start in 2018 and will be phased in over the next five years.

“We announced provision of free higher education for young people at universities and colleges who come from poor households earlier this month,” says Zuma

“The intervention must be the beginning of a skills revolution in our country,” says Zuma.

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President Zuma on Higher education fees (Text)