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The Minister of Higher Education has called for an investigation into the tragic death of two TVET College students which occurred earlier this past week.  

The NSFAS proposal for funding sparked controversy last week after it was misunderstood by a number of students who thought the scheme is considering increasing the pass figure of 50% to 75% to qualify for funding. After the financial aid scheme clarified the confusion, youth organisations are now demanding more than just clarity.


Given the striking inequality in accessing tertiary education in South Africa, financial assistance from both government and private sector plays a huge role in funding poor students who otherwise would not have afforded tertiary education fees. A new proposal by NSFAS now threatens to affect the overwhelming majority of poor students from working class families. 

The impact of loadshedding on education has become one of the biggest challenges facing the country. In higher learning institutions, the impact is even worse as teaching and learning mostly depends on electricity.

As institutions of higher learning across the country prepare for their final exams, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) looks to have a different focus as students embark on a protest.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is generally known as one of the biggest funders in public institutions of higher learning. Its mandate is focused on candidates from poor background and working-class families who can’t afford to pay for tertiary education, but there are new developments. 

The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a pandemic in May 2020 and that has posed an immediate threat to humanity. This pandemic has successfully disrupted several activities, including institutions of higher learning.

As the country comes to the end of the year having battled through difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Higher Education and Training hears another tragic incident which involves Nelson Mandela University students. 

The University of South Africa says its concerned about the reputational damage caused by those who question the authenticity of its qualifications. Unisa is the biggest distance learning institution in South Africa with a solid history of academic excellence.  

The University of Cape Town recently released a statement that its council approved, in principle, a compulsory vaccination policy. The institution becomes the first university to move towards instructed vaccination in order to access its campuses.  

Unisa is the biggest distance learning university in South Africa, whose qualifications at certificate, undergraduate and post-graduate levels are held by millions of South Africans and graduates from outside the country boarders. In recent times, the credibility of its qualifications have been a topical issue. 

While other higher learning institutions remain unclear about their position on whether vaccination of students and staff is a personal choice, UCT has taken a step forward. 

A ministerial report highlighting problems at distance learning institution, Unisa, has landed in the hands of Higher Higher Education Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande. The minister has since said that he is studying the report and  will respond in due course.



For months, Unisa students have complained that the University has not issued their certificates, resulting in their plans for employment being put on hold. Unisa said they had already started issuing the certificates at regional centres but suspended the action due to the challenges brought by the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

As a prospective university student for the 2022 academic year, chances are, you're looking for assistance in funding your studies. Fortunately for you, ISFAP bursary applications are still open, keep reading to find out more about how to apply. 


Students at the University of the Free State may have to present vaccination certificates to access campuses next year. This comes as the institution is looking to return students to campus in a way that will prioritize safety and minimise the risk of Covid-19 infections.

If you're wondering whether or not you'll have to pay your ISFAP bursary back after graduating, the answer is right here.

Students at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria marched to the National Department of Health on Monday. They are calling on the government to give them jobs after graduation. 


Mid-April was a tough month for the University of Cape Town (UCT) as the institution found itself engulfed in flames when a fire blazed through the slopes of table mountain. The Jagger Library was among the University's worst affected buildings by the fire.