Free Education and Study Visa Extension

2016-11-13 14:16

This week in education was mostly about free education reports, and good news about a study visa extension. We are getting close to the first interim report on free education; the Deputy President says free education is not affordable; NSFAS tells matric students to hurry up and apply for funding, and Home Affairs grants an extension for study visas for foreign students.

Free Education Report

The Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training has handed its interim report to the President. Only three of the eight sets into which the commission has divided its work, has been completed. The revised deadline for the complete report is now 30 June 2017. Read more: Zuma handed interim report.

Free Education "Simply not Affordable"

The Deputy President said in Parliament that free education for all is simply not affordable. He said that government agrees with the notion of free education for the poor, and the missing middle. Parents who could afford it, should contribute to tuition fees. Read more: Free Education not Affordable.

NSFAS calls on 2016 Matric Class to Apply

NSFAS, the National Students' Financial Aid Scheme warned 2016 matric students that the deadline for applications for student aid for 2017 studies, is looming. Read more: NSFAS Deadline Looms.

Blanket Study Visa Extension

In an announcement that brings relief to foreign students studying in South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs has granted a blanket extension until 31 March 2017 on all visas for studies at tertiary institutions in South Africa. Read more: Study Visas Extended.

Funding Eduction Report due for release by the Department of Higher Education and Training

The report from the Department of Higher Education and Training on how government will tackle the crises in higher education, is due for release. Read more: Student Funding Report due for Release.

Qualifying students will not pay any registration fees for University studies in 2017

The Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mr GF Qonde, announcing that NSFAS qualifying students will not pay any registration or upfront fees for University studies in 2017. Mr Qonde also announced that in 2017, students from households earning less than R6000 per year, will have their registration or upfront fees covered by government. Read More: Free? Education.

About the Author:

Jan Badenhorst works as the CEO of Skills Academy. Skills Academy offers Home Study Courses to people who never completed Matric, or who cannot get entry into Universities.

Www.skillsacademy.co.za

Jan@skillsacademy.edu.za

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