5 Billion Rands later, unsuccessful!

Mojo

“in addition to the increases of R32 billion we made in the higher education allocations in last year’s Budget and the 2016 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, we have added a further R5 billion in the outer year“, these were the words of the minister of Finance at the national assembly on 22nd of February 2017.

“Those who will pay a fee increase capped at 8% are those who can afford it and those who come from rich families,” these are the words of our minister of higher education and training.

Thought the funding was successfully granted to those whom are fitting with the criteria of the selection for funds, many were left stranded with their thumbs in their mouths after receiving an instant message alerting them that their applications were unsuccessful and will have to either, enrol into a FET college to receive a second look into their applications, become a self-payer or stay at home and look for a job with a bleak day to day routine back and forth running away from the hunger and bad mumbo-jumbo of everyday life, because really you do not have any other choice and the ultimatum is as such.

Nonetheless, it is not all black and grey, it seems that government is doing something about the post-high school education and training and will be phased in a manner determined by government, which doesn’t really informs the public on what dues will be taken upon, but yet again, that is not Mr Gordhan’s role in government and so we turn to Mr Blade Nzimande, the minister of Higher Education and Training, who informed the students that the National Student Fund Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be providing R17,5 Billion in loans in 2017.

“Those who will pay a fee increase capped at 8% are those who can afford it and those who come from rich families,” these are the words of our minister of higher education and training.

Only the University of Fort Hare, the university that produced most of the political heroes of African, from Mandela to Mugabe, will not face fees increase, though the University of Stellenbosch, Capetown and Witwatersrand will face the fee increases in 2017.

Not all is black and grey indeed, as one of the students at the Durban University of Technology, Manelisi Mngadi was granted funding, but only offered to be paid the tuition fees as he also requested payment for residencies and monthly allowance.

This doesn’t guarantee all matriculants a placement in universities nor TVET colleges, some will have to do with finding a part-time job while awaiting entrance into universities, as they are the first preference for any student who is looking to further their education in tertiary level education.

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