Should NSFAS prioritise funding for select 'strategic' degrees?

Persistent unemployment among graduates has sparked a conversation on whether NSFAS (National Students Financial Aid Scheme) should prioritise funding for degrees which are in demand in the economy.

NSFAS is still owed billions of rands by some recipients who claim they have been unemployed since completing their degrees.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi opened the lines and gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts.

Listen to the conversation below:

We need to be creating opportunities, business opportunities as well, where people are able to use whatever they studied better

Nqobile, caller in Walkerville

The majority of students funded by NSFAS come from disadvantaged families... I think their priorities are to buy their grandmothers groceries at home and educate their siblings.

Zamani, caller in Midrand

Khaya said there should be a focus on developing personal finance and entrepreneurship skills instead of focusing on which degrees are most needed.

Teach people how to become entrepreneurs and how to create an opportunity, as opposed to looking for an opportunity or a job.

Khaya, caller in Randburg
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