Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor says she has requested student organisations to identify all the students that have not received their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding so they can be assisted as soon as possible.

Many poor and working-class students who depend on the government funding from NSFAS are in dire circumstances as the result of the entity continuing to face challenges in its business processes, IT systems, capacity, policies and controls.

This has resulted in some students not receiving their study grants for the 2017 and 2018 student funding cycle.

This month Minister Pandor dissolved the NSFAS board and appointed Dr Randall Carolissen as an administrator to take over the management, governance and administration of the scheme.

Speaking on Morning Live she says it is very important for her to find out why the students did not receive the authorised upfront payments.

She says this information will help them as they work on trying to sort out the backlog.