“We are concerned about the challenges that had been raised over a period of time with stakeholders resulting from the central applications process and the piloting of the student-centred model,” Ms September said.
We are concerned about the challenges that had been raised over a period of time with stakeholders resulting from the central applications process
“The system is designed to benefit students, and we expect no less. The delays in payments being made to institutions should be dealt with expeditiously, we cannot have students waiting for meal and book allowances for longer than five months,” she said.
The committee got a briefing from NSFAS, the Minister, and Universities SA on challenges regarding the disbursement of funds to poor students, following the introduction of fee-free dispensation for poor students.
Ms September called on NSFAS to kick-start the process of redesigning the student-centered funding model so that all other stakeholders could make an input.
“These challenges are not insurmountable, they just need a collective effort. The committee welcomes the willingness of the stakeholders to collectively support a process to ensure that students are not disadvantaged in furthering the much-needed education,” Ms September added
The committee will invite information of the colleges and universities that are experiencing challenges with the disbursements of funds to students.
“We will upon our return to Parliament ask that the department, NSFAS and all other stakeholders account to Parliament on the disbursements of funds to students,” Ms September said and reiterated the call that NSFAS needs to move out of Wynberg to a place where the entity will be more accessible to all.