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DA Urges NSFAS to Act Quickly on Funding Delays and Unaccredited Accommodations



DA Urges NSFAS to Act Quickly on Funding Delays and Unaccredited Accommodations

DA Urges NSFAS to Act Quickly on Funding Delays and Unaccredited Accommodations.The Democratic Alliance (DA) Supports Parliamentary Call for NSFAS Accountability. The DA firmly stands behind Parliament’s call for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide a comprehensive report within two weeks, addressing a range of pressing issues affecting students across South Africa.

DA Urges NSFAS to Act Quickly on Funding Delays and Unaccredited Accommodations

These issues encompass problems related to direct payment service providers, defunding, appeals, and accommodation accreditation. During a recent committee meeting, Members of Parliament expressed deep concern over the adverse consequences of these problems on students’ academic pursuits and future prospects.

NSFAS Acknowledges Shortcomings in New Student-Centered Model

NSFAS conceded during the meeting that their newly implemented student-centered model has contributed significantly to delays in funding disbursement, appeal processes, and challenges related to defunding. The DA has consistently voiced its frustration and disappointment with these ongoing issues, which have left many students’ funding concerns unaddressed.

Furthermore, NSFAS’s admission that decentralizing its administrative office could enhance student access to services validates the DA’s longstanding position on the matter. This development represents a crucial step towards addressing the diverse needs of students more effectively.

Urgent Need for Accelerated Accreditation of Student Accommodations

In addition to the aforementioned concerns, the DA emphasizes the pressing need for NSFAS to expedite the accreditation of student accommodations. Shockingly, a staggering 62% of NSFAS-funded student accommodations at universities and TVET colleges remain unaccredited. NSFAS disclosed that, out of 93,424 registered beds on its accommodation platform, only 21,903 have obtained accreditation, leaving 36,541 accommodations paid for but lacking official accreditation status.

This situation is particularly alarming for students currently benefiting from NSFAS support, such as those at Letaba TVET College in Limpopo. Many of these students are residing in NSFAS-funded informal settlements in Madala Para, Tzaneen. The majority of students at the Tzaneen campus are affected by this issue, underscoring the urgency of resolving the accreditation problem for their safety and overall well-being.

DA Call for Immediate Action and Student Prioritization

In conclusion, the DA strongly urges NSFAS to prioritize the welfare of students and take swift action to ensure the accreditation of student accommodations while addressing the broader systemic challenges plaguing the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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