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Here’s what Twitter’s saying about the #FeesCommission report

The long-awaited Fees Commission Report has finally be released — albeit over 30-minutes later than advertised — and Twitter has responded in earnest.

After waiting years for the ANC government to take a firm stance on the possibility of free tertiary education, users not only crashed the official website, but also pushed #FeesCommission to top trending nationwide.

The first issue on the table? The official document’s (found here) 752 pages — though a few have already offered sub-280 character summaries.

Response was also focussed on the recommendation that all technical vocational education and training (TVET) students “receive fully subsidized free education in the form of grants that cover their full cost of study”.

For those in universities, however, “income contingency loans” were recommended.

Many were upset that the report recommended dragging the banking sector into funding tertiary education.

One user was perplexed as to how the recommendations were considered new.

The report is only a recommendation by the Commission and the government is not obligated to accept its findings.

Featured image: Ian Barbour via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

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