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Maimane calls for government to intervene in outstanding medical students’ debt

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Mmusi Maimane has called on President Ramaphosa and Minister Mboweni to intervene in outstanding fees for final year medical and nursing students, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Activist of One South Africa Movement (OSA), Mmusi Maimane, on Wednesday, 9 December 2020, took to Twitter to call on President Cyril Ramaphosa and other members of the state to intervene in student debt. Maimane’s thread suggested that the president should consider exempting final year healthcare and medical students from settling their final year fees, should they not be able to.

In explaining the reasoning behind his stance, Maimane stated, “We need to stand in the gap for these young professionals and show all young people that we will not abandon them in their time of academic need. It is time for us to show that we are serious about our commitment to educating our youth and letting them access their dreams.”

Maimane suggested that the graduates could repay the debt upon being employed. Moreover, Maimane’s post highlighted the difficulty final year students face due to not being able to graduate and venture into employment, even with a degree that guarantees an advantage in the job market.

See the post below.

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