Minister Addresses NSFAS 75% Pass Mark Following Confusion

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The Department of Higher Education and Training came under fire this week after reports of 75% pass mark was said to be a requirement for NSFAS funding. The rumour sent shock waves to a majority of students in higher learning institutions and those who are looking to join.


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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande says reports that students need a 75% pass mark to continue receiving funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) are misleading.

Nzimande says this has caused unnecessary confusion among current and prospective NSFAS beneficiaries as the department is yet to announce the 2022 guidelines for the bursary scheme.

The Minister has, however, confirmed that consultations are continuing between the department and the scheme, regarding the guidelines for the department.

NSFAS on Thursday jointly dismissed reports that it has decided to increase the pass mark for students to continue receiving money.

It said the proposal was misunderstood and instead suggested that students need to pass 75% of their modules to continue receiving funding.

The scheme said this was only a proposal for now and it is aimed at encouraging students to pass their courses.

The consultations will be extended to the entire PSET sector before the official announcement of the approved 2022 Guidelines by Minister Nzimande following the conclusion of all the consultations.

Nzimande said the outcry by student organisations had caused unnecessary confusion.

The higher education minister further said an official announcement will be made after all processes have been concluded.

He also urged media to stop reporting on unconfirmed rumours from unknown sources.


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