NSFAS funding model in need of an urgent overhaul

Picture Credit: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA) – It is unfair for universities to continue to offer academic programmes which will not be funded by NSFAS, says the writer.

By Hendrick Makaneta

The debate that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) can no longer fund certain courses has caused great anxiety and uncertainty for many students across the country. However, it is important to contextualise this debate.

Recently, the Department of Basic Education indicated that it would introduce 38 new subjects in what the department calls a three-stream model. There is a growing consensus that the department must modernise the education system to ensure that pupils leave the…

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‘We must disrupt neo-liberal ideology of access’
By Hendrick Makaneta Higher education remains one of the most highly contested terrains of struggle and this has been so since democratic South Africa’s first minister of education, Professor Sibusiso Bhengu, took charge of the National Commission on Higher Education …

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Parents distressed over struggle to get children's IDs before matric exams
Barrack Street Home Affairs was chaotic on Friday as parents of matric learners are furious that they have been unable to get IDs for their children who are due to start exams. Clarence Ford spoke to researcher at the Institute …

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Mpumalanga schools to merge or shut down due to poor enrolment
Mpumalanga schools with low learner enrolment may either be merged or closed down, however the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has advised the Mpumalanga provincial Department of Education to ensure adequate public consultation when implementing the school rationalisation programme. The …

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