College of Johannesburg college students picketed, calling to be allowed to register and to be given allowances for meals and different educational materials.
The college’s administration agreed to increase registration till Friday for college kids to be funded by the Nationwide Scholar Monetary Support Scheme (NSFAS).
UJ stated it will help with allowances as soon as college students signal an acknowledgment of debt.
About 40 college students gathered on the Mafikeng constructing on the College of Johannesburg (UJ) Auckland Park Campus on Wednesday earlier than marching to the finance constructing. They need the college to permit college students who’re funded by NSFAS to be allowed to register. Additionally they demanded allowances for meals and educational materials.
The group handed over a memorandum of their calls for to Godfrey Helani, Senior Director of Scholar Affairs, who promised to reply later within the day.
Their calls for embrace that every one college students who handed 50% of their modules be unblocked and allowed to register, for them to get guide and meal allowances; and for some educational actions to be prolonged. They need their calls for to be met by Friday.
Second yr legislation scholar Miracle Khosi, 20, stated, “It is unfair for college kids to be busy with assignments with out having any research materials or allowances. It would not actually align with their proper to equitable training.”
Laptop Science and Informatics scholar, Letlhogonolo Mopedi, 26, stated that the protest was needed as a result of they “cannot research with an empty abdomen”.
Like many of the protesting college students, Mopedi stated he was in a position to register however many others couldn’t afford to. “We’re preventing for different college students. Most of them are at dwelling as a result of they do not even have the cash to come back to high school.”
UJ administration responded to the calls for by way of Zoom name afterward Wednesday. Administration stated that if senior college students’ accounts have been lower than R10,000 in arrears, UJ would unblock the account. However provided that the scholars signal an acknowledgment of debt (AOD).
Registration, which was meant to finish on Wednesday, has additionally been prolonged to Friday to permit these college students to register.
The administration defined to college students that varied establishments agreed with NSFAS that the 2021 educational yr would begin in March, so NSFAS solely deliberate to launch funds this month.
Consequently, the schools that began in February like UJ didn’t obtain the lump sum from NSFAS, which resulted in college students not getting allowances over the previous two weeks.
UJ stated it had nonetheless not acquired the funds from NSFAS and has determined to make use of its personal cash to assist college students in March and April. The college stated guide allowances can be launched from subsequent week as soon as college students signal the AOD.