The portfolio committee on higher education and training has called on all stakeholders in the higher education sector to work collectively to ensure that student funding disbursement systems are improved. About 100,000 students who qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in 2018 are yet to receive their allowances. Another 29,473 students had not received their funding for 2017, painting a picture of administrative chaos at the scheme. The chaos was a major setback for disadvantaged students who depended on NSFAS funding to further their education "We are concerned about the challenges that had been raised over a period of time with stakeholders resulting from the central applications process and the piloting of the student-centred model‚" said committee chairwoman Connie September. "The system is designed to benefit students‚ and we expect no less. The delays in payments to institutions should be dealt with expeditiously. We cannot have students waiting for m...

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