All is not looking well in the Free State Province as the less privileged students feel they are being deprived of their constitutional right.
At a time when the nation is going through meltdown, the worst news one may expect to hear is that their free meals have been cut off. This is what happened to tertiary students in this province. According to a report which was published by the SAfm News on the 23rd of November 2021, COSAS in Free State says decision to discontinue issuing of bursaries in province will demoralise learners. This comes after a directive has been circulating on social media platforms that suggests that the Free State government will not awarding new bursaries to students commencing their studies at tertiary institutions from next year. The Premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombele has been brought on the spotlight because of this. Bursaries are seen as a motivation to all learners from underprivileged backgrounds as they are awarded for excelling in their studies. Not everyone can afford forking out the fees demanded by the tertiary institutes as some regard them as extremely high.
As a result, the COSAS leadership has threatened to mobilise it's members and march to the Premier's office. What has left the nation baffled is the fact that the Premier's office has however denied the claims in the letter making rounds on social media.
They are distancing themselves from the letter as they have since highlighted that they do not intend to cut off bursaries. It is just a matter of time before the nation gets to know who is fooling who as there is no smoke without fire.Oftentimes when students protests, the consequences are not so good as there will be fatalities in some cases. Many are just hoping that the authorities are not planning to anything that might lead to violent clashes with the students.
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