Fort Hare students fail to get certificates after university bungles NSFAS claims

MAY 25, 2017
Fort Hare students fail to get certificates after university bungles NSFAS claims

A number of students from the University of Fort Hare have not received their graduation certificates as, according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the university failed to submit the students’ claims by the cut-off date.

"In previous years, the university’s policy stated that students who qualify for historical debt can sign a loan agreement in order for their debts to be cleared, with students ranging from 2012 – 2016 currently being overlooked," described Hlomela Bucwa MP - Democratic Alliance Students Organization (DASO) Eastern Cape Constituency Leader.

"These are young people who now, despite having surpassed all circumstances and completed their studies, are unable to apply for employment because they do not have their graduation certificates."

Bucwa said that DASO understands that education is the cornerstone of liberation and that if we are to eradicate the injustices of the past, our young people must be educated and given the freedom to seek employment in an equal environment.

"The continued refusal to distribute certificates traps students in a cycle of poverty and continued injustices. The institution needs to fast track this process; while in the interim, award qualifying students with their certificates," she said.

"DASO believes that no academically qualifying South African should be excluded from the opportunity to find employment and we will continue to serve the students of UFH and advocate for their issues."