Students get R6bn in aid - Nzimande

2012-08-06 22:54

Johannesburg - Financial support to poor students has increased in the last three years, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday.

"Funds made available to students grew from R2.375bn in 2008 to R6bn in 2011 and are expected to continue growing."

He said money from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme of SA (NSFAS) was made available for this special purposes.

These included R50m for post-graduate scholarships, R63m for students with disabilities, and R350m for poor students who were unable to register due to outstanding debt.

"Final year undergraduate NSFAS students are being given loans equivalent to the full cost of study which will be converted into a full bursary if they complete their studies successfully," he said.

"We intend to extend this arrangement progressively to students in earlier years in future."

Nzimade said the aim was to expand university enrolments by about 70% by 2030.

"Apart from increasing enrolments at many of the existing institutions, we will also need to build new universities and campuses."

The minister said fee-free education for poor students had been introduced at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.

"This very important achievement has helped to expand college enrolments from a head-count enrolment of approximately 327 000 to a projected 550 000 in just the last two years."

  • knox.xisalahosi - 2012-08-06 23:48

    Is a good idea

      kayley.segal - 2012-08-07 00:09

      Yes, except that 5.99 Billion goes to "administration" of the plan, and the rest actually goes to the students...

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-07 01:51

      Get over yourself Kayley. Stick to topics you know something about. The NFSAS program helps thousands of students per university get vital education each year. If you are too rich to care, do not spoil it for those who need it

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-07 02:11

      Can somebody tell me who's tax money they are using for this free schooling? Do the high and mighty ANC lot contribute ??????

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-07 05:47

      Another dumb post. More skilled graduates=more taxpayers. Easy maths. I'd never understand why someone would complain about this

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-07 06:43

      JohncarlosBiza we all know what group of people pay the taxes for the rest of the masses in South-Africa dont act all dumb now.

      aarchaic - 2012-08-07 08:00

      R6bn for higher education... yet Basic education is bankrupt and cant give a much needed service...

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-07 08:12

      This is one of those catch 22 situations: "Our" Government must support poor students in getting higher education, so in theory this is a good idea. The only problem is "our" Government keeps dropping school standards to help these students pass and get university exemptions. When they get to varsity, they cannot cope with the level required to pass and end up doing the easy courses that don't really open many doors in the workplace. And it's only a matter of time before "our" Government starts telling universities to drop their standards and then this country will be in serious trouble.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-07 08:59

      @JohncarlosBiza - Hahaha you realise that this master plan to make all these kids smarter isnt working because all they do is lower the pass rate and then they pass school and fail at life

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-07 13:47

      You lot are really thick. I won't bother paying attention to your garbage any more. You think like children

  • disang.moses - 2012-08-07 06:24

    Many student get thier N6.but at end they fail to get intership,so how can the minister help them from that.

      aarchaic - 2012-08-07 08:29

      This is why Many companies adopt a Test/Exam these days when you apply for a job, You write the test if you fail you dont get the job even if your papers says you can do it!

  • EricksonTL - 2012-08-07 06:44

    Lol. Spending more to buy a worthless education. They don't even realise how stupid that is. Shame.

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-07 06:48

    Whenever the anc or these commies are mentioned with money in the same article, corruption, money dissapearing, theft and maladministration with an "eish" will soon follow in articles a couple of months later.

  • sidney.mandla1 - 2012-08-07 06:49

    Is a gud idea proivided those benefits are made available ivin to those 4rm poor commyunities...

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-07 06:51

      Don't bother bro. It's a nice thought, but essentially, SA education is so bad, you should GET PAID for getting it. Paying for it is like paying for to get sodomised with a pineapple - not smart.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-07 07:10

    Does this money ever get paid back - or is this on the never never.

  • anne.canham - 2012-08-07 07:23

    The funding depends on your surname. From personal experience,have been applying for the past four years but to no avail.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-07 07:38

    Blade is a minister of education??? Lol!!! Thought he was just SACP secretary gen. Wow the amount of time we spend talking politics instead of doing our jobs!!

  • thutothegreat - 2012-08-07 09:13

    lol there's nothing that beats news24 comments, such bitterness. The other day everyone was screaming that the government must invest in education and stop this nationalisation nonsense. Today everyone is complaining about the investment.. White people are just hilarious, hahahahahaha! I guess you are the one's that could not afford to move to Australia.

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-07 14:38

      Thuto, it's like investing in some lovely property next to the sea of tranquility - sounds good in theory, until you realise that the property is on the moon. When we say 'invest in education' what we really mean is 'invest in creating an education system that's worth the paper it's written on. Because right now, those papers, in a real sense, are more useful as toilet paper than they are as qualifications. Do you see the difference? And FYI - you can't move anywhere in the world today if you're relying on a post 1994 education to get you in. It's a fact that SA degrees are not recognised anywhere in the developed world, because our education system is a joke. Make you feel better?

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