NSFAS students say they’re being sidelined at UFS

todayFebruary 23, 2024 58 1

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Student representatives at the University of the Free State have accused the institution of deliberately trying to exclude NSFAS students with its registration process.

They say the university opened its registration, despite their concerns that NSFAS students would not yet be able to pay the registration fee.

The allegations come as NSFAS scrambles to complete its direct payment to students from various higher learning institutions across the country, with some of the young people saying they are yet to be paid.

YNews spoke with UFS SRC Deputy President, Musa Masondo, who believes that poor and black students are being slowly forced out of the university.

He’s slammed UFS’s decision to open its registration, before NSFAS could confirm its recipients, as a deliberate ploy to exclude students from poor families.

Masondo further alleges that the registration hiccup has left hundreds of NSFAS students excluded from academic programmes that they were initially accepted for, as the institution operates on a first-come-first serve basis.

The university is yet to reply to YNews’ query over the allegations. Written by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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