22: The Commission of Inquiry into HE

Professor Hlonipha Mokoena joins The Academic Citizen to discuss the fees and funding debates regarding higher education in South Africa. Mokoena explains the work of eight-member Wits Panel that delivered a report titled ‘Funding Model(s) for Higher Education in South Africa‘ to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training, chaired by Justice Heher.

Some of the the proposed solutions include re-defining the concept of ‘fees’  and drawing on corporate, government and university revenues in order to fund higher education.

The panel also included Professors Roger Gibson, Laetitia Rispel, Christopher Malikane, David Hornsby, Cathi Albertyn, Mtendeweka Mhango and Dr Nthatisi Khatleli.

We also chat to some students about the work of the panel and the funding crisis in South Africa’s higher education sector.  

Download the full report.

Photo credit: Francois Swanepoel

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