By Staff Reporter
Students from universities in Gauteng have expressed mixed views to a draft proposal by students funding body stating that beneficiaries will need a 75% pass of their modules in order to continue to receive support in their studies.
In its proposal released to student formations for consultation this week, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) stated that a minimum of 75% course pass rate must be achieved by all continuing students who are not first-time entering students in 2022.
The proposal has divided opinion, with some hailing it as progressive while others have claimed that it will close the door to many young black students struggling to get first degrees.
Some students who spoke to Sowetan on Thursday expressed deep frustrations with the proposal, saying the current requirement for passing 50% of the modules enrolled for was sufficient.
Sifiso Ngcobo, a final year bachelor of chemical engineering student at Wits University
said there are a lot of physical and financial challenges that prevent students from performing well in their studies.
This article was first published by SowetanLive.