Nov 28, 2021

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NSFAS clarifies ‘75% pass mark’ funding requirement amid outcry

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has clarified its proposed funding guidelines after a public outcry over a misunderstood minimum score of 75% to qualify for funding.

According to an NSFAS statement students, with the exception of those starting university education for the first time, must pass 75% of their modules to continue receiving funding.

“This requirement will take effect from the academic year 2023. This means that continuation students who are not enrolling for the first time in 2022 must achieve a 75% success rate for their studies in 2022 in order to qualify as eligible continuation students. Students who fail to meet this requirement can appeal and are subject to the appeal criteria set out in this policy standard, “the statement reads.

The proposal was misunderstood by some who thought the program was considering an increase. the success rate of 50% to 75% to qualify for a grant.

NSFAS spokesman Kagisho Mamabolo clarified this on Wednesday, saying that the proposed policy requires students to take 75% of their courses and modules to pass 75% are a requirement for passing.

He said this is aimed at encouraging students to pass their courses.

The proposal is still being discussed and the program will be matched with relevant stakeholders. including university rectors and student bodies.

Their contributions will be considered and a final document will be presented to the Minister of Education and Training, Blade Nzimande.

Nzimande also opposed the claims a 75% pass requirement as “mis” leading. “

These reports are vicious, misleading, and cause unnecessary confusion for current and future NSFAS beneficiaries as the Department of Higher Education is issuing guidelines for 2022 has not yet announced DHET scholarship program, ”he said in a statement.

Some have spoken out in favor of the proposal, stating that it is a fair requirement.

Here are some of the responses from social media: