Tensions are high at Unisa, as some students at the university have not been receiving enough assistance.
Some Unisa students have taken to Twitter, claiming the university has not been paying allowances.
Unisa Vice Chancellor, Puleng Lenkabula said the university regrets that students have been affected by this and will be looking into its foundation to assist students in need.
According to Lenkabula, more than 160 000 students who are supported by NSFAS are also Unisa students. These students come from families where the combined income is less than R330 000.
The Vice Chancellor claims Covid-19 has made it more complex for the university to provide its students with support.
“I must state that some of the complaints that are being pelted against me and even against the university, are challenges that derive from the centralisation of NSFAS. We depend on NSFAS sending information but also transferring funding for students that are registered at Unisa.”
“Our CFO and his team have been engaging NSFAS in order that we impact and accelerate on student access.”
Lenkabula said Unisa has been taking action in an attempt to help students continue learning.
The university has done this by giving unregistered students free access to study materials online.
“I think it’s quite important to acknowledge that we do not just sit, fold our arms and do nothing.
“The issues that are being stated as only Unisa is actually a fallacy to project the situation as though Unisa is indifferent to students. If you were to go to other sides, you’ll realise that the students in other universities are already stating similar challenges such as the students at Unisa, meaning this is a structural issue that we need to sort out as society.”