A desperate student said “it’s painful how people are treating us, meanwhile there are students who are starving”.
The student, who is at the Lovedale TVET College Zwelitsha campus, and who wished to remain anonymous, said the students “main issue is about NSFAS allowances here and at other Lovedale campuses, they [Lovedale] are failing us”.
A letter from the exiting SRC, seen by the GO!, and addressed to the department of higher education & training (DHET), provincial premier Oscar Mabuyane and NSFAS, lists six points pertinent to all three campuses, namely:
● The college’s lack of capacity to distribute NSFAS monthly allowances for the students in good time.
● Poor conditions of residences and a shortage of student accommodation.
● College development and irrelevant programmes/courses offered by the college.
● Students’ placement for 18 months to acquire diplomas.
● The college’s resistance to online learning and extreme lack of understanding and knowledge of 4IR.
● Lack of lecturers and resources required for tuition.
Speaking on NSFAS funding, Lovedale’s acting principal Juanita Verster said the process was tedious, and all documentation had to be correct. .
“To date, the college made payments to students who appeared on the first three remittance lists received from NSFAS, with approximately 450 excluded.
“This has been reported to DHET in March and we are awaiting response on a way forward,” Verster said.
The financial pinch is being felt by many students who depend on NSFAS allowances for accommodation, food and transport.
In the SRC’s letter, students state that the “conditions in the residences are appalling, inhumane and not in any way conducive for the productiveness of the students”.
They say less than 10% of students can be housed at campus residences.