Tebogo Msimanga |
Education activist Hendrick Makaneta has called on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to publish all qualifications that will not be funded, on their website in order to make it easy for students to know whether they will receive funding or not.
Makeneta said it is very disturbing that institutions of higher learning continue to register students in programmes that will not be funded, without informing students of the financial consequences of such enrollments.
“Currently there is a lot of confusion because the majority of students do not have information about courses that will not be funded. NSFAS seems to be communicating with institutions about decisions that affect the future of students, yet students are not brought on board.”
The recent budget speech by the Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni highlighted a huge reduction in funding for the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
Makeneta said it is therefore disingenuous for NSFAS to say that there will be no cut in funding for students. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that NSFAS funding will also be less as a result of the budget cut by National Treasury.
“It is also disturbing that institutions of higher learning have increased fees in the midst of the devastating impact of the pandemic where many people lost jobs. It is my submission that there was no need for fee increments across all twenty-six universities. The increments will put an additional burden on parents of students who are already struggling to recover from the ongoing effects of Covid-19.” Reiterated Makeneta