Wits SRC Aims To Raise R21m To Pay Student Debt
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has put universities and their students under immense financial strain and the SRC at the University of Witwatersrand would like to raise funds in order to tackle student debt.
Recently the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) released an email in which they announced that they would be launching a "collaborative campaign for students who have been financially excluded".
This campaign will be launched to tackle student debt which many cannot afford to pay off, now especially due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The SRC feels that all students should be given an equal opportunity to receive an education especially those who are striving for a life in which them and their families no longer experience poverty.
"For many students, education is the key out of poverty but when education becomes inaccessible it is no longer a door out of poverty but a gatekeeper against a better life," read the email.
In 2021 there are over 8000 students who will not be returning to Wits for the academic year due to a lack of finances. These students are all academically qualifying and have successfully completed their academic courses for the year 2020, which the SRC describes as "the most difficult year in recent history".
Wits SRC Deputy Secretary General, Mandisa Nyilika, spoke to Newzroom Afrika said:
These students happen to fall into what we call the missing middle man students which are students that are too rich for NSFAS but too poor to afford University fees so we have a financial crisis.
Many parents have also lost their jobs due to Covid-19 and it's impact on the economy and this then affects whether students can pay for their higher education. Even the loss of many parents' lives has to be factored in as well.
The SRC aims to raise R21 million in the '21 million in 2021 Campaign' to ensure that all the students at risk are allowed to register for the 2021 academic year and continue their academic course.
They have called on people to donate to this fundraising campaign as they require a lot of assistance to make this goal a reality.
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