Johannesburg - Student organisations are divided over Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande’s decision to extend the term of the troubled National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) administrator Randall Carolissen by a year.
Carolissen, who was appointed by Nzimande’s predecessor Naledi Pandor for a year in August last year, will oversee a smooth transition and the appointment of new NSFAS executives and board.
Among the terms of reference for Carolissen is the finalisation of the close out of the 2017 and 2018 student funding cycle, including all data exchange and final payments.
He also has to ensure that the 2019 funding cycle is effectively closed out, provide accurate data to the department and prepare for next year’s cycle.
Carolissen will also run NSFAS’s day-to-day affairs, fully address its operational challenges including strengthening of structures, systems and policies that will ensure good governance and effective management.