NSFAS Raising Funds To Possibly Fund PGCE Again
NSFAS pulling funding for postgraduate qualifications hit many students hard this year. Now, NSFAS has said that they are looking to raise funds and find donors to fund postgraduate qualifications.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has said that they are raising funds and speaking to possible donors to fund postgraduate qualifications, like the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), again.
During a National Executive Committee meeting held by the South African Union of Students (SAUS), representatives from NSFAS were present where they said that they are engaging relevant stakeholders to try and find funds for PGCE, Postgraduate Diploma of Accountancy (PGDA) and Advanced Diploma students.
NSFAS announced early this year that they would no longer be funding postgraduate qualifications as they do not have the funds available to do so.
SAUS released a statement saying:
Majority of the issues facing the sector are concerned with the gravely inadequate funding in the sector, particularly as it relates to PGCE and Postgraduate students.
The NSFAS Chairperson, Ernest Khosa, said that the financial aid scheme spends about R11 billion on student accommodation alone but that this has to be looked into.
We dont know where the money goes. We believe good accommodation converges with good performance of students.
NSFAS has now developed a draft policy which will go to Government so that they can intervene and have an idea of where the money goes and how it's used, where the students are staying and what are the conditions they are staying in.
This comes after a multitude of students complain that they have not received their accommodation allowances and are receiving threats from landlords.
It was also brought up by student leadership during the meeting that students are being taken advantage of by landlords and cannot afford to pay what is asked of them.
This meeting took place to reflect on the challenges facing the Higher Education sector and youth in general, who make up the majority of students across all universities in South Africa.
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