Letaba Tvet college students go on rampage over Nsfas funding


By Theodorah waga Mawasha

TZANEEN-Higher education funding for poor and middle-class students remains a major crisis and challenge in the country.

Thus, a dozen students at Letaba TVET College Maake campus, Greater Tzaneen, are disgruntled. This comes after the National Students Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) move to cut off funding for their studies. The students agreed that they submitted a memorandum to the management of the institution regarding the issue in June, however, no correspondence has been forthcoming.

“We are tired of waiting. We don’t have food in our rooms. Why would we be rejected when we are doing 7 modules whereas students doing only 2 modules are approved? To make matters worse, some female students have resorted to selling their bodies to make ends meet”.

The students have in this regard opted to embark on a strike in the hope of finding a solution to the predicament.

Benjamin Moshoma, the deputy principal of the school said that the issue of funding is out of their control because the applications are submitted by the students themselves on an online portal, therefore, no one can manipulate due processes.

“We can only check statuses, reasons for rejection and then advise accordingly. It is common knowledge that when you are not compliant or fail modules your funding will be revoked”, Moshoma emphasized

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