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pandorBusinessLive reports that the government and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be working to minimise disruption from last minute “walk-in” applications for places at Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges in 2019.  

Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor said:  “We will be far more proactive than we might have been in the past,” adding that her department and the NSFAS would maintain a strong presence on college campuses where help might be required.  Higher education institutions discourage walk-ins because they pose safety and security problems.  In 2012 a death occurred in a stampede of aspirant students.  NSFAS only disburses funding after students are registered at a university or a TVET college.  NSFAS warned last week that there had been so few funding applications from aspirant TVET college students that it expected about 200,000 prospective students to attempt walk-in registration at the start of the 2019 academic year.  Pandor said the application process for 2019 had gone smoothly, and she did not anticipate the kinds of delays in disbursing NSFAS funds to students that had plagued the past two years.

  • Read the full original report by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive


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