THE select committee on education and technology has urged students who are receiving financial aid from the National Student Financial Aid and Scheme (NSFAS) to use their learning material allowances to buy electronic devices such as laptops and tablets.
“Many students, who still have not bought laptops must do so, especially those who have been paid the annual teaching assistance allowance of R5 200, to buy gadgets that will facilitate their learning during this challenging time,” said Elleck Nchabeleng, Chairperson of the Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture.
Nchabeleng said the parliamentary committee is satisfied with the proficiency and efficiency with which the NSFAS administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, has run the entity even during the COVID-19 distraction.
Nchabeleng added that the intervention would enhance the work of the administrator and improve the service to poor students.
“Commendable work to stabilise the student financial aid scheme is being realised, and that has been demonstrated by how allowances are being distributed to students,” said Nchabeleng.
(Compiled by Inside Education staff)