Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has challenged Grade 12 learners at Thusa Setjhaba Secondary School to obtain a minimum of four distinctions to qualify for her sponsorship to study at a university.
Government is meeting with stakeholders on Monday to seek a solution to the situation in higher education and resume the 2016 academic programme.
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has strongly condemned violent student protests at some universities in the country.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will next month during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) announce how National Treasury will fund the university fees shortfall.
The Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission) says it is unfortunate that public hearings were once again interrupted.
The Department of Higher Education and Training says government has not yet made a pronouncement on university fee adjustments for 2017, as consultations on the matter are ongoing.
Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says he is hopeful that the current consultations with all stakeholders on the 2017 university fees will conclude successfully, with a formal announcement expected to be made in mid-September.
The Presidency has reiterated that a decision on whether there will be university fee increases or not in 2017 has not been concluded.
Government, working with universities, is exploring various options to meet the commitment made by President Jacob Zuma of a zero percent increase in university fees in 2016, the Presidency said on Sunday.