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A study launched by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress due to the pandemic and the resulting Lockdown. This was only one of many other shocking and concerning findings of the study.


Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has now reiterated the fact that NSFAS beneficiaries who change courses won't have their funding affected by this move. NSFAS provides bursaries to students from poor and working class backgrounds.


With NSFAS having released funding decisions for 2021, the Minister of Higher Education has now taken it upon himself to congratulate those who were successful in applying for the NSFAS bursary.


The Department of Higher Education Science and Innovation has recently unveiled a completed student village housing accommodation development at the University of Fort Hare's Alice Campus in the Eastern Cape.


Students all over the country have pleaded for many years for student accommodation to be ramped up in the country with some students being left to sleep on the street due to lack of accommodation. The Higher Education Minister has now outlined the current status of developing student accommodation in the country.


The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, is now amongst those citizens who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. Currently, the country is in Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout.


The department has finally cleared it's backlog of TVET College certifications. In early 2020, it was revealed that this backlog dated back to 1992.


Due to NSFAS having insufficient funds earlier this year, they then had to reallocate funds within the department. Unfortunately, this has now lead to other areas of the department facing the consequences.


Across higher education institutions, we've seen laptops being distributed to students to make online learning more accessible and NSFAS has also promised to deliver laptops to beneficiaries. However, will Unisa students get laptops from NSFAS as well? Here's what we know.


The issue of missing middle funding, along with postgraduate funding, is ongoing. The Minister of Higher Education is now pushing for NSFAS to introduce a loan scheme to support these categories of students.


NSFAS is now urging beneficiaries to order their laptops online as they begin the rollout of devices which was promised in early 2020. This is to help students gain access to online learning.


Students are now taking legal action against the NSFAS N+ rule. They have said that there are thousands of deserving students who qualify for funding who are being rejected due to the rule and that it is being implemented incorrectly.


The African National Congress, which the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, is a member of, has accused him of going against their policies when it comes to free higher education. The Minister has stepped up and responded to these accusations.


The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that work is being done to patch up the holes when it comes to students across South Africa accessing online learning. This includes NSFAS laptops and connectivity issues.


You read right, the Department of Higher Education plans to improve the TVET system and wants TVET Colleges to be at the forefront of higher education. Minister Blade Nzimande has said that they are looking to resolve the issues within the TVET system and will also be making some changes.


Thousands of students reportedly remain unregistered for the 2021 academic year at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Last week saw violent clashes between students and the police force as students demand free education.


Blade Nzimande, our Minister of Higher Education, continues to emphasise that Government not only has solved issues when it comes to NSFAS but continues to do work to solve other issues. He has also pledged to deal with complaints related to Higher Education better.


The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has the task of finding resolutions to all the issues students have been protesting about for years. He has now made it clear that there is no free higher education for all as government has previously said that they can't afford it.


NSFAS allowances are now in the process of being released to students. Students have also begun receiving their funding decisions for 2021 and in turn, can now register. These were demands from students and with them some of them being met, the national shutdown has been called off.


Following meetings with Student Representative Council members and the Minister of Higher Education, the South African Union of Students has now put an end to the national shutdown with immediate effect. Students all over South Africa were protesting for free education and for students with debt to be allowed to register.

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