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Nzimande defends NSFAS's suggested policy guidelines for a 75% required pass rate

Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology, has defended the National Student Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) proposed policy guidelines for the 75 percent minimum pass rate in order for students to qualify for financing.

NSFAS is currently consulting with all key stakeholders, including students, in preparation for the guideline's implementation in 2023. Tolerating student failure in tertiary institutions, according to Nzimande, will prevent fresh eligible students from receiving financing.

"We will allow you to fail once, but beyond that, we will be funding students to stay longer in the system, and in the process, we will be disadvantaging students who are outside the system who cannot access or obtain NSFAS because it is being hocked by those who are spending more than the required amount of time." In other words, we must not take a one-sided approach to this, otherwise we will end up favoring people who are already part of the system," Blade Nzimande argues.

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