Glitches loom as varsities prepare for influx

While Eastern Cape universities have proclaimed readiness for the influx of thousands of students when lectures start next month, funding problems and the outcomes of the ongoing investigation into the group cheating allegations could throw a spanner in the works.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), University of Fort Hare (UFH), Rhodes University and Walter Sisulu University (WSU) are geared up to welcome some of the 31 774 former matrics who passed with bachelor and diploma entries when varsity lectures start on February 9.

Though Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande this week announced that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) purse had grown to R9.5-billion, universities are anticipating funding hassles as the scheme has previously struggled to finance every deserving student.

– Zandile Mbabela 

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