Financial exclusion, registration and NSFAS

2014-01-31 07:44

It has been a busy few days for students all around South Africa, main student leadership bodies like the SRC have spent the whole of November, December and January making sure that their students get to continue their studies and get one step closer to living their dream. I would like to thank these individuals for spending so much of their time to aid students; it is really amazing to see these selfless individuals. You have changed hundreds of student’s lives with your contributions. Personally I am the biggest fan of the SRC; they are students for the students. The main issue they had encountered over the last month or two is financial and academic exclusion. Reading in the papers recently about the issues UJ has been having with NSFAS and funding, just makes us feel so uneasy because we know that there are hungry students out there praying for the opportunity to become someone and earn a sustainable salary. These hungry students tend to do the best at university, because of the ambition to get out of their struggle. These students deserve a tertiary education. Unfortunately the budget for education and funding at governmental level, especially related to NSFAS, is just too low, projected amounts needed to reflect on the presumption that the population is growing, more people are getting educated yearly and most importantly we have had the best matric pass rate for years. All these factors needed to be considered by the government so that the budget can be in some way updated to reflect solutions to this issue.

To all the first year students, good luck with your first year and first real test of life, here you will be given freedom to decide your own future, with so many distractions around you it is up to you and you only to decide your path that will eventually decide the rest of your life. Work hard and study smart. Keep focused and remember your peers are people who can either destroy you or build you up to new heights so choose wisely. You can learn something from everyone so keep your ears and eyes open, go into this new environment with a clear open mind.  I am a law student but more importantly I am a student that understands issues my fellow students are facing, if any first year needs a mentor or advice on anything related to a university issue or concern please get into contact with me.  I will gladly help out where I can. The friends and people you meet at university will be people you will bump into at any stage in your life or spend most of your future days with. Make sure you have fun, laugh, smile but most importantly respect yourself. Universities can be a horrible place for weak individuals or young students that are not familiar or educated on crimes that happen here. I urge every single one of you to control your drinking and stay away from narcotics. Build your future on stability and happiness; you don’t need drugs to make you happy. Let your friends, successes and your support base make you happy. I know each and every one of you can make this country proud.  I made reference to universities but I would also like to include colleges and private tertiary institutions because at the end of the day, whether you privileged enough to get a degree or if you get a certificate/ diploma, you educated yourself. That is the most important concept here. To all the returning students, you are one step closer to your goal. Continue working and relive that vision of you graduating. Before you know it, that vision will become a reality.

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