The Department of Higher Education has agreed to the extension of Dr. Randall Carolissen’s tenure as administrator of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), even though others disagreed with them.
Dr. Randall Carolissen accused, by National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), of mismanaging R35 billion set aside for NSFAS tertiary students.
It was reported that Nehawu announced that while Carolissen was in charge, many problems arose, including the provision of R3.75 billion towards a laptop tender, which was cancelled.
Last week during an address at parliament, Nehawu did not agree that Carolissen’s contract should be extended at NSFAS.
However, Buti Manamela, Deputy Higher Education Minister, disagreed with Nehawu and thought that Carolissen did a great job in his position at NSFAS.
“As far as we’re concerned, NSFAS has stabilised over the last two years.”
“The minister believed in his wisdom that we needed to extend briefly the contract of the administrator so that we finalise the appointment of the CEO. There has not been a substantiation of the allegations of corruption and maladministration,” said Manamela.
However, the ministry does not disregard Nehawu’s concerns.
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