Johannesburg - Student trading book vouchers for cash and scams on campuses were some of the reasons that led to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) scrapping the book vouchers scheme at tertiary institutions.
This was revealed by Higher Education and Science Minister Blade Nzimande in a written response to a parliamentary question from DA MP Belinda Bozzoli.
Nzimande said the book vouchers were also scrapped because there were many commercial interests involved, with merchants providing services to students using vouchers for a fee.
“Students were trading the book vouchers for cash outside many shops. The voucher system was limited to selected merchants that monopolised the student market,” he said.
“There was no space for students to choose where to purchase books, including from second-hand retailers, and the book allowance was changed to a learning materials allowance so that students could also decide to purchase other learning support materials, including laptops and tablets.”