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Minister Nzimande explains the Nsfas proposed 75% pass rate requirements for beneficiaries


Over the past couple of days, numerous South Africans have been discussing the proposed 75% pass rate that students need to get on their modules so that they can receive funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) in 2023. Some people felt that it wasn’t necessary to change the requirements as that will mean many students won’t be able to get funding. As they felt that it’s difficult to pass modules in university with 75% and more. Meanwhile, certain individuals felt that Nsfas came up with a superb proposal that will eliminate students that are not serious about education. Also, it will make students focus on their education and put more effort into anything associated with their studies as they know they need to get 75% and even more on their modules.

Now, the Higher Education and Training Minister Blaze Nzimande have dissected the whole 75% pass rate that has been proposed by Nsfas and if it’s accepted then it will commence in 2023. This follows after the proposal has been trending on social media and even different media companies have written articles about it. This came as a shock to many students after the whole proposed funding guidelines that were presented by Nsfas — including no increment on allowances and the standardization of private accommodation allowances for the beneficiaries amongst others. Nzimande felt that the 75% pass rate for students that want funding from Nsfas was a progressive policy. “The proposal that is being consulted upon is that 60% [and] up to 75% of your modules, you must pass them if you’re going to be funded. It made sense to engage around that because we can’t be funding students and expecting them only to be passing half of their programme,” said Nzimande speaking at the Parliament. 

Furthermore, Nzimande stated that the whole proposal is meant to motivate the students to finish their qualifications in record time. Even though there are still ongoing consultations over the policy, but the minister felt that it’s something that students should be thinking about too as it’s meant to help them reach their destination. “What it means is that basically, we are then institutionalizing that if you’re doing a three-year degree, you must do it in six years, which is not the aim of government nor the aim or goals of most of our students who actually want to finish their studies in record time and that is what we are discussing,” said Nzimande speaking at the Parliament.

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Date: 02/12/2021

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