NSFAS has confirmed that this year, it will make provision for laptops in the funds allocated to learning material, which students will own for the duration of their studies.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) took to Twitter on Thursday, 21 January 2021, to detail more of the resolutions announced by Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Blade Nzimande. Earlier this week, the minister held a press conference to provide clarity on his department’s plans, following the recent move back to Alert Level 3 restrictions until mid-February 2021.
One of the matters that Nzimande tackled was that of laptops. NSFAS faced backlash over its promise to provide laptops for students last year, to allow them to continue with remote learning amid the pandemic. However, the plan was never carried out, reportedly due to logistical issues.
In response to the logistical nightmare of distribution, NSFAS will now make provision for laptops in the funds allocated to the beneficiaries, which the qualifying students will own for the duration of their studies.
See the post below.
University students will use their learning material allowance to buy laptops which, they will own for the duration of their studies. -Dr Blade Ndzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation pic.twitter.com/gNUv1tocvI
— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) January 21, 2021