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