The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has defended its decision to provide students with cash allowances for textbooks saying the move will give the students financial freedom.

Earlier in 2019, NSFAS changed the manner in which it disburses the student book allowance of up to R5,000, from a ring-fenced system that allowed funds only to be spent on learning materials, including textbooks, to a direct cash transfer...

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