Chairperson, I think the reason for establishing this ministerial committee for the review of funding of universities is that it is funding from the fiscus and, as much as is possible, there has to be a more or less standardised fee structure. Differences may arise, for example, in the extent to which each institution does research. Therefore funding may also come from the private, corporate world and so on. But the idea is really to obviate the situation in which some universities become inaccessible, even when they have excess space, simply because of the fees, whereas others are inundated and overloaded because their fees are more reasonable. In other words, the question is: Should we leave that to market- determined fees only or should we try to influence that? Of course, this would not happen without consultation and discussions with the authorities in charge of these institutions.
Steps taken to address matters arising from Public Service Commission Audit Report in February 2007 relating to monitoring and evaluation processes
3. Mr D B Feldman (Cope) asked the Deputy President:
With reference to the Public Service Commission Audit Report in February 2007 regarding the government's poverty reduction projects and programmes (details furnished), what has the government done to address the (a) discrepancies in the database and (b) lack of a uniform system of norms, standards and indicators that can be easily accessed for monitoring and evaluation processes?