As it prepares for the roll-out of free higher education, the Department of Higher Education and Training is working on ensuring the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is integrated into college and university systems. NSAFAS has been struggling to ensure the smooth roll-out of free higher education, with many students complaining about delayed payments. This has sparked protests at various tertiary institutions around the country. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor said at a news conference in Parliament on Tuesday that she was aware some continuing senior students have not yet had their funding finalised. "I find this to be unacceptable and have instructed my department and NSFAS to work with institutions to deal with the outstanding cases as a matter of urgency. There are still significant challenges with regards to system integration between NSFAS and institutions." This had affected the submission of registration data to NSFAS. "The exchange of dat...

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