Raw deal for students

THE National Student Financial Scheme was established to help poor students access university and higher learning.

THE National Student Financial Scheme was established to help poor students access university and higher learning.

Yet a shocking revelation was made in Parliament that many students are denied this funding and an unbelievable R40million was sent back to the Treasury at a time when our country lacks skills in all sectors.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande indicated that he did not know why these students were denied a chance to study further for the benefit of society. He said the R120 000 threshold was too low and should be raised to R160 000.

Education has long been the best way out of poverty, a quick card one plays to a higher class in society.

The fund was supposed to facilitate this process and, as an important by-product, to produce as many skilled workers as the economy can bear.

The country lacks many basic skills. The department of social development in KwaZulu-Natal recently admitted that it did not have enough social workers to work in its programmes.

As a result many vulnerable children fell through the cracks since they did not have access to state assistance.

There are few chartered accountants, with the majority being white. The number of doctors in proportion to the population is risible.

Black students are not only intimidated by the work study but also by the expenses involved.

Yet people who should be enthusiastically helping the youth send money back to the Treasury just like the municipalities who fail to deliver services to their residents.

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