LEPHALALE — On Wednesday 12 June 2019 students of Lephalale TVET College, who are also members of SASCO (South African Students Congress), marched to Lephalale TVET College. They had a few demands.
They accused the College of not delivering on the promises made in February this year and for not living up to the mandate of financially supporting learners whose NSFAS money has been paid into the college coffers.
In a meeting held between the management of the college and SASCO, it was learned that the college had not received money for the previous financial year and NSFAS promised to pay by 28 February 2019, to fill in the 2018 financial year void.
The other frustration was that some students were said to have their fees fully paid by NSFAS, though they have not received anything yet at that time. The promise was that by 1 March 2019 the money would be paid for the learners whose documents have been fully submitted.
Those who had not fully submitted their documents were urged to do so as soon as possible and to go through the verification process.
SASCO Regional Convener Mishack Modiba said they were not satisfied by the initial outcomes of the February meeting as they were evasive and not straightforward.
“In our knowledge, NSFAS complies with sending the monthly money in time to the college and what surprises us is the delay from the college to students.
“This is a serious inconvenience to affected students as it slows down their learning efforts,” he said.
Mogol Post sent a list of enquiries to the Acting Principal of Lephalale TVET College, Vincent Ngobeni, who responded as follows:
“The authors of the memorandum have a written response from the office of the Principal which was delivered on 20 June 2019 in the college hall in front of masses of students.”
The details of the copy of the memorandum have been shared with Mogol Post.