Graaff-Reinet college closed by student protest
Students complain of delay in payment of NSFAS allowance
East Cape Midlands College was closed on Monday at the Graaff-Reinet campus as students protested about delays in the payment of their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances.
On Friday exams were supposed to have started at the campus. But protests disrupted the exams. Students who were already inside classrooms came out and joined the protest. On Monday students sitting outside the gates of the campus, watched by a few police officers.
Anelisiwe Mato said that she catches a taxi to campus and desperately needs money for transport. “At home I live with my mother and she is unemployed and depending on the R350 SRD grant. She can’t support me with that money as it is not even enough for her and my little sister,” said Mato.
SRC member Sinokuhle Nobebe said she shares a room with another student who is struggling to pay rent. She said she has to buy food for both of them now.
NSFAS spokesperson Tsholofelo Zweni said they had not received any official information about the protest at the Graaff-Reinet campus.
“However, we have confirmed with the main campus that there was a strike on Tuesday, 18 April. NSFAS is working with the college to resolve the issues as quickly as possible. NSFAS pays colleges based on registration data received for NSFAS qualifying students and since the year has started, NSFAS has already made three payments of college student allowances,” said Zweni.
College Student Support Services Manager Sive Gumenge said students would not get allowances unless they had been confirmed as funded by NFSAS and proof of registration had been confirmed.
© 2023 GroundUp. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
You may republish this article, so long as you credit the authors and GroundUp, and do not change the text. Please include a link back to the original article.
We put an invisible pixel in the article so that we can count traffic to republishers. All analytics tools are solely on our servers. We do not give our logs to any third party. Logs are deleted after two weeks. We do not use any IP address identifying information except to count regional traffic. We are solely interested in counting hits, not tracking users. If you republish, please do not delete the invisible pixel.