Student funding scheme to go ahead with direct payments

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in South Africa will forge ahead with its direct payment of allowances to students through their bank card in two days despite conceding that the recent violent protests on a number of campuses were an attempt to stop the system, writes Okuhle Hlati for Cape Times.

The financial aid scheme started the pilot phase at TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) colleges last year and it now hopes to onboard universities from Thursday 1 June. However, this has been rejected by students claiming the system already had problems at colleges.

Last week more than 100 students led by student representative councils (SRCs) from at least 14 institutions marched to the NSFAS Cape Town office alleging officials failed to respond to a number of funding concerns. The grievances also include the 60-credits policy, the close-out process for students with outstanding fees and an update on the appeals process.
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