“We, yet again as a country, find ourselves in panic mode due to the government's obsession with outsourcing essential services in this country. It was the case with the Sassa-Cash Paymaster Services debacle and now this,” Sabelo Sigudu, NFP spokesperson, said in a statement on Thursday.
“What is of concern is the government remaining mum over the matter instead of taking responsibility for their role in this crisis. The government, through NSFAS, distances itself and places the blame entirely on the university.”
The NFP said it strongly believed the government's failure to ensure that all universities in the country paid National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries through its own paymaster system was what had led to this crisis.
“Had the Department of Higher Education and Training ensured that NSFAS is responsible for administration of payment of all loans to students, instead of outsourcing this service, this could have been avoided,” Sigudu said.