NSFAS Responds To Allegations
At the beginning of the year, claims were put on social media that NSFAS would cut funding for certain qualifications which has caused the public to be alarmed. However, NSFAS CEO clears the air about the situation.
Andile Nongaga, the CEO of NSFAS, announced that they would not cut funding to any current qualifications, only legacy qualifications will be cut.
Nongaga stated that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will continue to fund deserving students who are interested in studying at a tertiary institution.
In 2006 the Minister of Higher Education issued a gazette that indicated which qualifications would be phased out in December 2019.
NSFAS then issued a statement announcing that they would not be funding those qualifications which have been phased out.
Tertiary institutions have been noted that they should no longer register students for those qualifications.
Unfortunately, in 2020 some institutions were registering students for those qualifications which made it difficult for NSFAS to fund them.
"I should make the point that students who were enrolled in those qualifications, who are continuing students, will continue to be funded. New students should not be registered in those qualifications. They should be registered in the new qualifications that will replace those qualifications," explained the NSFAS CEO.
The CEO of NSFAS announced that they only intended for the institutions to receive the information about the phasing out of certain qualifications, however, it somehow ended up on social media where the audience did not have the understanding to read the information correctly.
"The intention was not to alarm anybody but to really remind institutions" that they should not register students for qualifications which were phased out.
Nongaga stated that "once you register a student in a qualification that cannot be funded, whether the student is eligible for funding, NSFAS would not be able to pay for that kind of qualification. Should we pay for that qualification, it will be deemed to be an irregular expenditure."
According to Nongaga, NSFAS has issued a clarification statement addressing this issue.
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