24 April 2018

South Africa: Naledi Pandor - Glitches in New NSFAS Model to Be Dealt With Urgently

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At a media briefing on Tuesday, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, addressed concerns previously raised by students who had not yet received their NSFAS funding and by universities that were still owed significant money from the scheme.

The fact that some students are yet to see their NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) funding finalised is "unacceptable" and would be dealt with as a matter of urgency, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

Addressing a media briefing, Pandor said that many NSFAS recipients recently complained that NSFAS had not yet distributed money promised for this academic year.

Pandor attributed this discrepancy between approved and received funds to an essential learning curve associated with the implementation of a new NSFAS system, known as a "student-centred" model.

NSFAS is responsible for distributing government funds to students in order to help them afford university tuition costs. In the past, money came in the form of a loan. This past year NSFAS switched to a bursary scheme for incoming students, so long as they maintained...

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