The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has made provisional funding available to more than 400 000 students for the 2020 academic year.
A month after universities and colleges started the 2020 academic year, protests at various institutions across the country have led to the suspension of numerous classes, while some institutions have resumed teaching, GroundUp reports.
Students at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth protest and blockade the entrance to the institution’s South Campus over registration and accommodation.
Daily, social media is flooded with requests for funding by non-NSFAS students on the brink of financial exclusion at tertiary institutions, because they're unable to raise the money needed to cover historical debt so that they can continue with their studies.
Dozens of students from Unisa's Pietermaritzburg campus blockaded a nearby road with burning tyres and garbage as they protest against being excluded from NSFAS funding, GroundUp reports.
Students at the North-West University's Mahikeng campus have been asked to vacate the premises after the institution closed the campus.
The court case against Walter Sisulu University student Sibongile Mani - who accidentally received more than R14m from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and went on a spending spree in 2017 - has been postponed to allow her to complete her exams.
The standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) says the board of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has failed South Africa, rejected a report by South African Express and raised concerns about Alexkor.
NSFAS says that that three of its employees have been arrested in Cape Town for allegedly diverting students' money into their own accounts.
Students were at pains to point out that protests across several campuses in the country were the scene of protest action at the start of the year, but they say said demands have not been addressed.
The National Students Financial Aid Scheme says it has paid what it owes the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, which is why it is meeting student leaders and university administrators on Thursday to investigate claims that the money did not get to all students.
More than 100 boycotting students have stormed out of the High Street and Park Avenue campuses at the Eastcape Midlands TVET College in Uitenhage.
During a visit by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to NSFAS' offices in Cape Town, the scheme's administrator, Randall Carolissen, explained what had happened to the almost R1bn the department had announced in March last year to settle the debt of qualifying students.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says there is no need for the disruption of registration at universities across the country, but a student union vows to continue its shutdown.
Triphin Mudzvengi, 18, achieved distinctions in seven subjects but her parents are battling to raise her tuition fees to study at the University of the Witwatersrand.
NSFAS-qualifying students who carry debt from 2019 will be allowed to register at universities, provided they sign an acknowledgement of debt form.
A senior lecturer at the University of South Africa has apologised for "embarrassing herself" after lashing out at National Student Financial Aid Scheme recipients at the institution on social media.
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology is concerned that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is yet to table its annual report for the 2018/19 financial year.
Students at Eastcape Midlands College TVET are accusing the college of failing to use NSFAS and government funding appropriately by withholding students' allowances and failing to supply new textbooks.
The financial head of the University of the Free State has allegedly been assaulted by angry students on the university's Bloemfontein campus.
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