FET College in Dire Need of Student Accommodation

18th August 2014.


The IFP calls on the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, to urgently intervene by ensuring that the lack of student accommodation at the Mthashana FET College in Nquthu, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal is resolved.


"Lack of student accommodation at the FET College has resulted in students renting houses in order to have a place to stay. NSFAS is not helping students either - students claimed that they applied for funding but campus management told them last year that no money was available from NSFAS. Major backlogs meant that many students sought private accommodation and some lived in appalling conditions," said IFP spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpotshane, MP.


"The Minister needs to intervene by engaging the student representative councils and management of the universities and FET colleges in order to bring about clarity on plans on how to resolve the problem of student accommodation," continued Mpontshane.


"We are also concerned about the residences offered by public-private partnerships, as many students end up becoming vulnerable to sexual abuse, drugs and crime. It is therefore imperative that our universities and FET colleges offer safe and secure accommodation, especially for first year students," concluded Mpontshane.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP, 083 441 6201