Students want to know about monies after aid scheme payout

2014-09-04 00:00

POLICE chased angry students away at the Msunduzi FET Campus yesterday after they protested on the campus, demanding answers about funding.

Once escorted off the campus, some students set fire to rubbish bags left out on Raven Street, next to the college.

The strike started on Tuesday when students were dismissed early after they demanded feedback from management on their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funds.

No classes were held yesterday and the lecturers were told to leave the campus.

“I’ve been trying to set up a meeting with our campus management, but we have not been attended to. We’ve decided not to attend classes until they meet our demands,” said one of the SRC members, who asked to remain unnamed.

Several complaints were raised by the students involved in the strike.

“On Monday last week, NSFAS issued money to the campus, but we did not receive a cent from it.

“We get less than what we signed for,” said the frustrated student, who said she was afraid to reveal her name publicly.

“We sign for R2 000 for travelling expenses from NSFAS, but we receive only R200 from the school. We travel over 10 km to get to school, so we can’t walk.”

The Witness was unable to get official comment from the college manager yesterday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the Pietermaritzburg police had not opened a case number, no arrests were made, nor were any injuries reported during the students’ protest.

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