JOHANNESBURG | The EFFSC is rejecting the NSFAS proposed funding guidelines, they call anti-poor and anti-working class students. NSFAS met with the South African Union of Students (SAUS), including SRC Presidents and Secretary Generals, to present the proposed 2022 NSFAS funding guidelines.
Precisely because to decrease accommodation allowances, and not raise food allowances in line with inflation, will not only leave many students homeless but will also leave them hungry and disadvantage their academic progress. Similarly, the proposed and revised N+ rule will have many students rejected from access to funding and consequently contribute to a higher dropout rate and unemployment rate.
“This reactionary proposal does not come as a surprise because the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is led by a pseudo Communist who went to media at the peak of the call for Free Education and shouted “Students Must Fall”, shamefully ridiculing the genuine call of poor and working-class students of South Africa.
“We commend SRC Presidents and Secretaries from EFFSC-Led SRCs, who stood on the right side of history by rejecting this nonsensical proposal, whilst SASCO and SAUS leadership sat in silence,” EFFSC said.
Student command is calling on the Minister of Higher Education and Training, and the NSFAS board to take this anti-poor proposal and throw it in the trash can of history. They will monitor the developments regarding this proposal, whilst they continue to consolidate the ground towards socialist power.
“All branches of the EFF Students’ Command are combat ready to take their demands to the streets and ensure that Meal allowances, accommodation, and Transport allowances are significantly increased, that N+2 rule is scraped and that a feeding scheme and provision of Free Sanitary towels are introduced in all Campuses as a matter of urgency, these are our tactical demands in the strategic fight for Free Education and the economic liberation of all students of South Africa,” student command said.
Let this be a warning to the pseudo communist, together with his department and NSFAS that the students of South Africa will never accept this blatant sellout position of the governing party.
“We will defeat the running dogs of monopoly capital politically, ideologically and otherwise. Campus to campus, res to res and street to street, the interests and aspirations of working-class students will be defended by the EFFSC,” it said.