The management of the North West University (NWU) has immediately suspended face-to-face classes until further notice.
This comes after the majority of students who are funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) didn’t receive their monthly allowance from a third party that has been given the responsibility of distributing the funds.
Management says they acknowledge the students’ frustrations and the impact that the delays have on beneficiaries and the academic programme.
Lecturers have been asked to publish teaching material and recordings online for students to download and continue with the academic programme.
NWU management says it had previously warned that payment of NSFAS funds via a third party would be problematic, but their concerns were ignored.
They further say they want the affected students to be aware that the university made all efforts from their side to ensure that there was a smooth handover in the best interests of students.
Last month, students at the NWU Mahikeng campus appealed to business people and government to assist them after they were defunded by NSFAS.
More details in the report below:
-Report by Kagiso Keipopele