Durban – National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi says more needs to be done to beef up financial support given to poor students at tertiary institutions.
Many poor students at universities and FET colleges have turned to prostitution to try to make ends meet, kaMagwaza-Msibi claimed on Sunday.
She said while the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) budget – which has increased to R9 billion this year – would help 430 000 students at the country’s public universities and FET colleges, this was not enough.
What had to be considered was that there were many more pupils matriculating each year than those receiving assistance from the fund.
Last year, 439 779 pupils matriculated, she said.