Parliament criticises universities’ handling of protests
The committee was being briefed by student representative bodies – the South African Union of Students, which represent universities, and the South African Technical and Vocational Education and Training Student Association representing TVET colleges – on the latest developments at these institutions of higher learning.
Student bodies highlighted the challenges in different institutions of higher education, which mainly relate to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). They highlighted delays in the payment of allowances, accommodation caps of ZAR45,000 (US$2,400), delays in appeals and the misinterpretation of NSFAS progression guidelines. Some of the issues have resulted in student protests, some of which have turned violent, resulting in the suspensions and arrests of some students.
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