Cabinet Agreed to Make Funds Available for Students to Register – Education Minister

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande made a dramatic turn, he said that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) would be able to release funding and that registrations could now continue.

Nzimande was speaking at a media briefing on Thursday on Cabinet’s decision on the NSFAS process following protests where Wits students are demanding the scrapping of historic debt.

This comes after bystander, identified as Mthokozisi Ntumba, was killed in Braamfontein, Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday while leaving a clinic close to students demonstrations.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande

Nzimande said that Cabinet had agreed that funding should be re-prioritised for all deserving students.

“This process is extremely urgent as some universities are already starting with their academic programmes and others will be commencing soon. I appeal to institutions and to NSFAS to ensure that this process is completed as smoothly as possible.”

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