The long awaited rollout of NSFAS laptops has kicked off and Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande has revealed that more laptops are expected to arrive.
Minister Nzimande said NSFAS currently has 47,580 laptops in stock and available for distribution.
The Financial aid scheme is also expecting to receive over 22 420 laptops by 30 June, with more expected to arrive in August.
"These laptops will be immediately distributed in line with our guidelines. Going forward, we will be having an additional 10,000 to 20,000 laptops arriving on a weekly basis from 1st week of August 2021."
While the Minister celebrated the start of the laptop rollout, he was not impressed with the response received from colleges.
Only 17 colleges have responded saying they are in need of laptops, meaning the rollout can only take place at those 17 colleges until more are confirmed.
The Minister has urged for more responses from colleges, as this is the only way students will be able to receive their devices.
"We request all colleges who have not yet confirmed for their students as per the guidelines, to do so urgently."
The university sector on the other hand, has fewer universities participating in the NSFAS laptop rollout as many have already supplied their students with devices.
"For the university sector, we have about seven (7) universities participating in this process as the majority of our universities have already made provision to supply their students with laptops. As a matter of fact, already 64% of university students have gadgets." said Minister Nzimande.
Nzimande urged all students to keep their devices safe, as they will be expected to keep them throughout the course of their studies.