Students hounded by credit collectors

2016-03-02 06:00

INDEBTED Durban University of Technology (DUT) students are constantly hounded by credit collectors who push these students to cough up thousands.

It is unclear whether the credit collectors receive instructions from the university or from National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). DUT Student Representative Council (SRC) secretary general, Sandile Nene, fears that a lot of students will be blacklisted before they become part of the work force.

“There are students who have credit collectors calling them demanding them to pay back the money.

“Our concern as the SRC is that students will be blacklisted before they even find employment. That is a crisis because being blacklisted can hinder one from entering the labour market,” said Nene.

He raised this issue at the first meeting between the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, and various student leaders.

“The minister assured us that he will contact the relevant universities and tell them they should tell credit collectors to stop hacking NSFAS students.”

Nene said indebted students are also blocked from registration while other students qualifications are withheld by the university.

He said there are institutional issues which the SRC can work out with the DUT vice-chancellor, Ahmed Bawa, should they find common ground. On the other hand there are systematic issues.

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