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Parliament conducts public hearings into Higher Education amendment bill

Parliament conducts public hearings into Higher Education amendment bill
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16th February 2016

By: African News Agency


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Public hearings on the Higher Education Amendment (HEA) bill would begin on Tuesday, led by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training.

In Parliament, Cape Town relevant stakeholders would meet over the next two days to discuss the HEA bill.


The bill, according to the committee, would seek to ensure “proper governance, [an] oversight mechanism on institutions, balancing institutional autonomy with accountability, and pushing transformation of the sector in line with the National Development Plan”.

To date, the committee had received 15 written submissions. On Tuesday, the South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union, the University of Cape Town (UCT), and the Catholic Institute of Education were among those stakeholders who would make presentations.


Representing UCT is Vice-Chancellor Max Price and it is expected that he will make numerous suggestions for adjustments to the HEA bill.

The bill will be introduced into the National Assembly during the 2016 parliamentary session.


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