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Nzimande’s desire for Unisa to be administered

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Nzimande's desire for Unisa to be administered

Nzimande’s desire for Unisa to be administered.In 2023, the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, contemplated placing the University of South Africa (Unisa), the country’s largest university, under administration due to a series of challenges it was facing.Check Also:ZA Student Portal

 Legal Battle and Withdrawal

A protracted legal battle ensued, culminating in November 2023, when Minister Nzimande officially placed Unisa under administration. However, subsequent legal disputes with the university compelled the minister to withdraw his decision, marking the end of a contentious chapter.

Reasons for Administration

The decision to place Unisa under administration was prompted by a myriad of challenges outlined in two critical reports: the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) Strategic Review Report of 2021 and the Independent Assessor’s Report of 2022.

 Enrollment and Adaptation Challenges

The reports identified key issues, including Unisa’s struggle to adapt to changes in the student body, characterized by unrealistic and irresponsible enrollment targets.

Strategic Guidance and Operational Weaknesses

Unisa faced criticism for lacking strategic guidance as an Open Distance e-learning (OdeL) institution and for neglecting to address weaknesses hindering strategic priorities, leading to operational inefficiencies.

 Institutional Problems

Numerous institutional problems were highlighted, encompassing dysfunctional ICT infrastructure, collapsed basic assurance services affecting governance, ineffective risk management processes, and a pervasive culture of non-compliance and corruption.

 Consequence Management and Ethical Culture

The reports accused Unisa of neglecting consequence management, fostering a culture of non-compliance and corruption, and failing to establish an enabling and ethical environment.

 Dysfunctional Office of the Registrar

Specifically, the Office of the Registrar was deemed dysfunctional, particularly in student administration, leading to student frustration and the exploitation of students by fraudulent tutors due to a lack of protection of student information.

Governance Criticisms

Unisa’s governance faced criticism for outdated statutes, policies, and non-adherence to governance instruments. The Council was implicated in condoning irregular financial decisions with significant consequences for the university.

Council Interference and Delegation of Authority

Council interference in management matters, reducing the delegation of authority (DoA), and encroaching on areas traditionally managed by the university’s administration emerged as a long-standing issue, as highlighted in the reports.

Administrator Appointment

The appointment of an administrator aimed at addressing these multifaceted challenges, with a primary focus on enhancing Unisa’s credibility and ensuring its sustainable and effective operation.

Conclusion

Minister Nzimande’s attempt to place Unisa under administration stemmed from critical challenges identified in reports, emphasizing the urgent need for institutional improvement and credibility restoration.

 

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UNISA Paid Almost 150 000 NSFAS Allowances

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UNISA Paid Almost 150 000 NSFAS Allowances

UNISA Paid Almost 150 000 NSFAS Allowances. Unisa has recently clarified misinformation circulating about NSFAS allowances, confirming that NSFAS allowances for 2024 are currently being disbursed.

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides financial assistance to students from poor and working-class backgrounds in the form of bursaries and loans. This funding is available to students studying at one of the 26 public universities or 50 TVET Colleges across the country.

Unisa is one of the universities where students can access NSFAS bursaries, which include allowances for student needs. However, the university has had to address false messages circulating about NSFAS allowances.

False Message Correction

A fake message recently circulated among students, claiming that NSFAS disbursements were delayed due to the absence of the DSF NSFAS manager, who was on leave until May 7, 2024. The message implied that payments could not be made without their authorization. Unisa responded to these rumors, clarifying that the message was fake and not issued by the university.

NSFAS Allowances Payment Update

Unisa confirmed that it has paid allowances to 149,348 students and continues to pay allowances as students update their banking details. Students are urged to activate their Unisa myLife email address to receive a link to update their banking details. Any queries can be directed to DSF-NSFAS@unisa.ac.za.

Students must receive the link from Unisa on their myLife email to update their banking details. Unisa has been paying NSFAS allowances since March 19, 2024.

UNISA NSFAS Allowances For 2024

NSFAS disclosed that 25 out of the country 26 universities have paid allowances to students. This followed an agreement made by the financial aid scheme, which saw institutions responsible for paying February NSFAS allowances.

While Unisa, along with other universities, will facilitate February and March NSFAS allowances, NSFAS confirmed a return to the direct payment method in April 2024. Students will need to register with the direct payment service providers previously assigned to their institutions.

UNISA Remittance Advice

To receive their NSFAS allowances, Unisa NSFAS students will receive remittance advice confirming the amount to be paid to them. This advice is a notification from the payer that payment for an invoice has been transmitted and will be received very soon. Once students receive their remittance advice, they will receive their allowances within 48 hours.

Conclusion

UNISA proactive approach in addressing misinformation and ensuring the smooth disbursement of NSFAS allowances underscores its commitment to supporting students in their academic pursuits. By clarifying the situation and providing guidance on updating banking details, Unisa aims to streamline the process, enabling students to focus on their studies without financial constraints.

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