In December 2017, President Jacob Zuma announced that government will subsidise free higher education for poor and working class students.
This statement followed months of pressure and protests by the #FeesMustFall movement that demanded government stop the increase in tuition fees and increase its funding of universities.
Since the start of 2018, the allocation to higher education institutions has increased in line with this commitment
Below is an infographic showing the Department’s spending to this important sector
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