The funding scheme to provide free higher education for students whose parents earn below R350‚000 a year was experiencing some teething problems‚ Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday. Pandor said all the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) processes and systems should be assessed in 2018‚ and that all the identified problems that had been brought to the department’s attention must be addressed. Pandor was briefing the media on the progress made to ensure that qualifying students received free higher education in 2018. In December‚ former president Jacob Zuma announced that the government would fully subsidise higher education for students whose parents earned below the threshold from 2018. Pandor said there had been reports that students had submitted all the required information to qualify for bursaries, but higher education institutions had not received funds. "There are still significant challenges regarding system integration between Nsfas and the i...

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