A whooping sum of R967 million has been allocated to settle historic debt of NSFAS-funded students.
University students on some campuses have been calling for historical fees debt to be scrapped.
Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandorhas allocated close to a billion rand to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to settle historical debt.
The allocation is for students still at university who didn’t benefit from the improved funding support that began in 2018.
Historically, these students were required to fund part of their costs through family, or other funding.
In a statement, Pandor says the allocation is the first phase of addressing debt owed to universities.
For the past few weeks students at several campuses embarked on a protest to call for the debt to be scrapped because it meant that students who owed the institutions money were being excluded from the 2019 registration.
The protests resulted in some universities temporarily shutting down. At the Durban University of Technology a protest led to the death of a student, Mlungisi Madonsela, who was allegedly shot by a security guard. Madonsela was buried on Thursday.
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