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Students forced to ditch tertiary education may return

Minister Blade Nzimande says because funding is now available to students forced to leave despite passing.

Students shout slogans outside the African National Congress ruling party (ANC) headquarters, on October 22 2015, in Johannesburg during a demonstration against university fee hikes. Picture: AFP
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JOHANNESBURG – Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says students who were forced to ditch their tertiary education despite passing may return to their institutions, because funding is now available.

Nzimande forms part of a subcommittee on education, health, science and technology, which addressed the media on its transformation gains.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received an additional R4.5 billion from state funding this academic year to pay for those who haven't been able to afford their fees since 2013.

The extra funds are over and above the R10 billion already allocated to NSFAS for 2016.

Nzimande says NSFAS will give loans to those who qualified for the funding but were only partially funded or rejected over the past three years.

An additional allocation has been made for those students who are already in the system this year to continue and complete their qualifications.

The party has urged parents who can afford to pay tertiary fees to continue doing so while it simultaneously resolves the missing middle gap.

STUDENT PROTESTS

Gauteng-based vice-chancellors say they do not want to spend as much as R2 million a month on private security. 

Students have been protesting against higher fees and outsourcing.

In a joint briefing in Auckland Park the vice chancellors condemned the disruptions to registration at a number of universities saying the majority of students want the year to proceed.  

They say they will continue to hire private security and secure court interdicts until they are assured of the safety of students, staff and property

The vice-chancellors say the protests that brought an end to registration have breached the parameters of peaceful demonstrations.

WATCH: #FeesMustFall reloaded.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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