DUT was forced to release our qualifications so we've been able to apply for jobs!
Potential employers are not willing to hire someone who cannot produce proof of their qualification. Since we owe fees to the institution we are not in possession of copies of our qualifications, and therefore cannot get employment. There are over 1500 students who didn't get their qualifications from DUT between 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Why is this important?
The unemployment narrative doesn't mention that universities, such as DUT, withhold qualifications if students still owe fees, thereby rendering their graduates unemployable. This has far reaching impact in bringing about redress and employment equity when you consider the reality that the majority of students who owe fees are black, and from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is another way in which Black lives are affected by the NSFAS funding model.
Inconsistencies with NSFAS payments to institutions impacts negatively those students who rely on NSFAS to settle their debt.
DHET does not monitor this payments to institutions appropriately, hence students who are beneficiaries of NSFAS don't get their qualifications.
How can we bring change in our communities if we can't work because we can't produce our qualifications?