The Eastern Cape Provincial government has allocated R30 million to help university students struggling to pay registration fees to Universities and for those who are unable to get qualifications from their Universities because of the debt they owe to these universities.

Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane said the provincial government was a caring and compassionate government that responds to the challenges of its people and always seek to provide solutions to their challenges at all material times.

“It would be irresponsible for us to turn a blind eye to cries for help from our people wherever they are facing difficulties. We have received numerous requests from students who must register, to study and complete their qualifications and graduate in 2021,” said Mabuyane.

“We have transferred R30 million to the four Universities in our province to assist students to pay their debt and be able to graduate and to pay registration fees for new students to start their first-year studies. The University of Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu University get R10 million each. Nelson Mandela University and Rhodes University get R5 million each,” said Mabuyane.

He said, noting that chances of employment for a University graduate are higher at 94%, the provincial government is assisting students as part of Human Resource or skills Development Strategy to register, others to graduate, receive their qualifications and be able to apply for jobs.

“We are also looking for support we can afford for TVET colleges. Education is a societal matter and a development catalyst. Our Province is in dire need of critical skills and more educated and capable citizenry for us to drive our development trajectory. We are a caring government,” said Mabuyane.

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