Port Elizabeth – On Friday 25th of August, student organisation Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) held a press conference at the Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape Provincial head offices, where it spoke about the Eastern Cape funding crisis in higher learning institutions.
Baxolile Nodada, who is the provincial chairperson of DASO explained why the organisation decided to launch the campaign. Nodada says as the organisation saw the need because academically deserving students find it hard recieve funding to further their studies.
DASO constituency leader and the Member of Parliament, Hlomela Bucwa relayed on how DASO is planning address the funding problem in the Eastern Cape. In a statement, Bucwa said that as DASO they have realised that academically deserving students especially those who come from poor backgrounds and the missing middle, do not have much access to the funding. The result of this is most of students sit at home with no qualifications, or drop out of universities and TVET colleges as they cannot afford to pay for their studies or are not eligible for NSFAS.
Bucwa added that they will make funding available for the students, as DASO they are putting more pressure on government to act on this crisis.
“starting from next month, DASO will be visiting all the higher learning institutions, universities and TVET colleges around the Eastern Cape, as to find out about the problem of funding in these institutions, so that we can act, knowing where the problem lies” said Bucwa.
Bucwa further expressed that they are working closely with the principals and Mayor, Athol Trollip in making sure that they get funding for those who are from poor backgrounds and the missing middle that cannot finish to pay their studies. Bucwa said the DA and DASO is fighting for free education for all.