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Extra NSFAS funding won't solve students' problems, say leaders

February 27, 2014

THE additional funding for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) would not resolve the crisis facing many poor students, youth leaders said yesterday.

The finance minister announced yesterday the National Treasury would increase allocations made to Nsfas by R1.5 billion from R5.1bn last year to R6.6bn in 2016/17.

SA Students Congress (Sasco) president, Ntuthuko Makhombothi, said it was time the state compelled corporates to contribute to an education tax. "The increase falls short of addressing free education for the poor. We are concerned that in the next three years we will still have many students being excluded.

"We need to rethink the strategy and there should be an education tax to fund the academically needy," he said.

Makhombothi said the government should look at ways to direct business to ensure citizens benefited from the country's mineral resources, energy and financial sector.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP MP and leader of its youth brigade, called for an inquiry into Nsfas. He claimed funds were poorly spent and misappropriated.

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Source: Daily News (South Africa)

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