[AUDIO] NSFAS funding leave students stranded for education

Students launched an angry protest against the Tshwane University due to the lack of funding from NSFAS. Photo: SowetanLive

Students launched an angry protest against the Tshwane University due to the lack of funding from NSFAS. Photo: SowetanLive

I did a radio package for a current affairs show on the Voice of Wits (VOW) radio station this past week on the NSFAS issues and what students were feeling and the current situation now.

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In the first month of the academic year many students around thecountry started protesting because of the lack of funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

Students argued that they were not being allowed to register for the 2014 academic year because NSFAS had not allocated enough funds to cover a their tuition and residence fees. Students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) were asked to leave their residences with immediate effect because of their protests at the university.

Students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) burnt tyres in anger because the institution refused to allow them inside to register.

Twenty students from the University of Johannesburg were arrested and suspended from registering to study at the university because of protests over NSFAS funding. Photo: Provided

Twenty students from the University of Johannesburg were arrested and suspended from registering to study at the university because of protests over NSFAS funding. Photo: Provided

Students at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) protested for one full day about the lack of funding from NSFAS, they were arrested by police and appeared in court on February 15, 2014 for the court interdict from the university to stop protests immediately.

The university was ordered by court to allow all students back into campus to register to study for this year, hwoever the university refused to allow the students back in to register.

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