The students at Mapulaneng FET College in Acornhoek are now relieved after receiving their meals and living allowances from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme.
This comes after a number of students were apparently chased out by their landlords due to failure to pay their monthly rent. This is according to students and has had a negative impact on their studies.
“At the moment we’re very happy because the majority of students have already started receiving their allowances in their accounts,” Eugene Rhulani, the SASCO chairperson told Bushbuckridge News.
“Some of the students who have not received their allowances will also be accommodated very soon. The challenge could be that the institution has not forwarded the necessary documents to NSFAS or because some students may have submitted incomplete documents, but then we’re happy that finally we have a reason to attend classes with a peace of mind.” The SASCO chairperson added.
However the chairperson mentioned that there are still many other issues that the students are faced with at the college such as sanitation.
Prior to the intervention by political parties; a number of students had to spend two nights sleeping on the floor at the Acornhoek police station as well as the community library for their own safety.
“If we don’t write, we cannot prosper, but where should we
bath, eat and sleep?
We hear you want to write but then what about us? We are sleeping in the floor with empty stomach. As far as education is concerned, we also have a doubtful future. We are still lucky that our campus is not shut, however the situation is very demanding,” Mbazima, one of the students said.
The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) spokesperson for Bohlabela region said they are grateful for having assisted the students in need; “We as SANCO realised that the students need us, therefore we intervened. The issue was with management failing to submit the students’ documents to the financial body where they had to sleep at the police station, but then now the financial aid has promised to settle their allowances within the next two weeks.”