Compulsory community service on the cards for state bursary scheme students

2014-03-17 13:21

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Students who get loans and bursaries from government are likely to be the first ones to be required to do compulsory community service after their studies.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana today told journalists at a breakfast briefing on the ANC’s manifesto that those who benefit from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will likely be government’s “entry point” into introducing a year of volunteering for students.

This volunteer work is aimed at equipping students better for the world of work, but no time frames have been set down for the programme as yet.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, who chairs the ANC’s subcommittee on education, said government would be developing the programme and would make an announcement once it is ready to implement.

Most of the programmes in other countries work on one-year systems, she said.

She also said these programmes would involve the private sector, NGOs and government, and would help young people develop.

“This is an opportunity to give young people the start they deserve,” she said.

She added future employers often ask what job experience students have when they apply, and such programmes would give them that experience.

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