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SA counts cost of largely lost year of learning

Minister Blade Nzimande bemoans the fact that lack of Internet and access to devices compromised education for tertiary students during SA’s hard lockdown.

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Minister blames global chip shortage for student laptop delays

Of the total consignment of 730 000 laptops intended for National Student Financial Aid Scheme students, only 7 300 laptops have been received, almost a year later.

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NSFAS opens online order channel for student laptops

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme calls on qualifying students to use its online portal to order their laptop devices.

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Mar 23, 2021

New timeframes for delivery of NSFAS student laptops

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme will receive the first batch of laptops promised to qualifying students in April, reveals minister Dr Blade Nzimande.

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Computer glitch deregisters ‘underperforming’ WSU students

The blunder excluded Walter Sisulu University students and also bungled a system that debits student fees on an annual as opposed to monthly basis.

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Jan 19, 2021

Minister Nzimande in data talks with telcos as academic year looms

The minister is engaging with MTN, Telkom, Vodacom and Cell C, with the intention that data becomes accessible to students.

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NSFAS to hand over COVID-19 relief laptops next year

Higher education, science and innovation minister Dr Blade Nzimande apologises to the intended recipients, saying the holdup is regrettable.

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Namec objects to student laptops tender award

The empowerment pressure group wants the “demographic representation” of the companies that were preferred bidders to be made public.

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Five firms selected for controversial NSFAS laptops tender

The laptops will benefit 430 000 students in 26 universities and 300 000 students in 50 TVET colleges across the country.

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Nov 10, 2020

Parly committee to place NSFAS laptops saga under scrutiny

Parliament’s higher education committee plans an oversight inquiry into the student financial aid scheme, including its controversial laptops tender.

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New tender for student laptops; process under scrutiny

The contract will benefit 430 000 students in 26 universities and 300 000 students in 50 TVET colleges across the country.

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Aug 28, 2020

Namec smells a rat in cancelled NSFAS laptops tender

It is impossible, if not bizarre, that 150 companies did not meet the requirements, says the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components.

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