The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has encouraged those who cannot afford fees to apply for the NYDA’s Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.
“The NYDA will be available at all universities and TVET colleges to ensure the implementation of Fee-Free Higher Education,” NYDA Chairperson Sifiso Mtsweni said in a statement on Thursday night.
Mtsweni applauded the matric class of 2017 on Thursday, saying they wished them well in their future academic endeavours.
He said the matric class of 2017 did extremely well by achieving an increased overall national pass rate of 75,1% in the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination, up by 2,6% increase from the 2016 figure.
“As the NYDA, we commend the matric class of 2017 for achieving an outstanding overall national pass rate of 75,1% in the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination, from a previous figure of 72,5% in 2016 and 70% pass rate achieved in the year 2015 respectively,” said Mtsweni.
Mtsweni said he hopes learners who did not do well in their exams last year will take advantage of the Second Chance Matric Program which aims to give matric learners another opportunity to take their matric finals while equiping them with new learning skills.
He urged learners who had not applied at an institution of their choice to make use of the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) service.
“We also urge young people to make use of the Central Applications Clearing House service, for admission at various institutions of higher education,” said Mtsweni.
Applications for the scholarship fund closes on the 16 January 2018.
For more information about the scholarship visit their website on www.nyda.gov.za.