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Another one of South Africa's universities have been placed under the microscope, after allegations of funds mismanagement have surfaced. The Minister of Higher Education is contemplating on which course of action to take in light of these reports.


The credibility of tertiary institutions in the country has yet again come under the spotlight, following media reports that Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane's qualifications might have been obtained illegally with the help of insiders at the University of Fort Hare.


Every year, thousands of individuals apply at universities, hoping to further their studies and ultimately secure employment and financial stability. However, a recent decline in the uptake of several study fields has raised concerns.


Earlier this year, an audio of Higher Education Minister Dr. Blade Nzimande was leaked. In it, Nzimande could be heard pointing out that he was not receiving as much coverage as another Minister in his department.

 


The latest NSFAS corruption saga continues, with the EFF Student Command now joining the conversation. The Student Command has heavily criticized the Higher Education Sector and Minister Blade Nzimande. 


Although it is an option that is advisable as a last resort, taking a student loan can lower the heavy financial burden that comes with completing your tertiary studies. However, what is equally important is your ability to pay it back, and doing so a lot faster can be just as beneficial to your financial credibility.


The lack of adequate infrastructure to keep up with the growing demand for tertiary education in South Africa has been an ongoing challenge for the Higher Education Department. However, this appears to have not deterred the department, as it outlines its plans to tackle the issue using existing resources and collaborative programmes.


Every year, more individuals want to pursue Higher Education. However, securing funding to cover tuition fees can be a very stressful and challenging process, especially for students who form part of the ‘missing middle”.


Over the years, the tertiary education sector has faced many challenges ensuring access and affordability of higher education for all students. Government has put additional measures in place that aim to increase student intake within the sector.


TVET colleges provide students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge in various fields. However, the high dropout rate in TVET colleges has been a major concern for the Department of Higher Education and Training.


The Department of Higher Education wants to broaden access to tertiary education. A major component of increasing access to higher education will be the use of online learning.

 


Acts of corruption and the looting of public funds are some of the greatest challenges faced in South Africa. Experts have highlighted that corruption appears to have firmed its grip on the country’s tertiary education sector as well.  


It has been more than a decade since South Africa first encountered rolling blackouts. Loadshedding has been a heavy burden on various institutions that rely on electricity on a daily basis, and universities are among those whose pockets have been affected.

 


Thousands of students at Higher Education institutions across the country are currently facing financial exclusions and fee blocks. Many have raised concerns about what steps government is taking to resolve this crisis.


Usually when applying to universities, you will need to budget for application fees. Luckily, there are some universities that don't ask for one. 


A learnership is a great way to kick-start your professional career if skills development forms part of your career goals. Fortunately, SETA's are a good place to start looking.


The Department of Higher Education has various plans developing that aim to improve the Post-School Education and Training sector, for female students and TVET colleges, specifically. 


Although it has been a few weeks since the NSFAS confirmed that allowances are being disbursed to TVET college, a recent portfolio committee meeting indicates this is only true for a select few. 


Rorschach Innovation Services, a company headed up by MANCOSA alumni Niall Naidoo, has won the recently held pan-African Honoris at Harvard Entrepreneurship Competition. Naidoo will be jetting off to Harvard University in the USA on 22 March to participate in the Africa Business Conference 2023.

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