Makgoe – China bursaries are accredited

Free State MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe. Photo by: Katleho Morapela.

The Free State MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, has rubbished allegations that the qualification of almost 400 students studying in China might not be recognised in South Africa. This comes after the EFF’s provincial secretary, Mandisa Makesini, raised questions about the bursary scheme for students studying abroad and the validity of their qualifications during a sitting of a portfolio committee in the provincial legislature last week.
Makgoe says the department has thoroughly selected all China universities in which Free State students are enrolled. He said the department has confirmed the accreditation of institutions and qualifications offered by these universities.
Courant, however, spoke to an anonymous source who confirmed that a letter has been sent to the provincial department outlining some of the challenges faced by students currently studying China. Inadequate planning of the programme, obliging students to study in Chinese and no exact date in which students are to receive their monthly stipend and funds for learning material being sent late, are some of the issues raised by students.
The EFF provincial leader, Kgotso Morapela, said his party is going to ask that the scheme be investigated. “We found out that the institutions in China are not accredited and the allegation is very clear that Ace Magashule and the people are working together to continue to loot the coffers of the state and to take advantage of poor students,” he said.
Makgoe, however, rubbished these allegations. He said the public can be assured that these students will come back with qualifications and invest back in the country. He said he is certain that students are afforded the best education and that their qualifications will certainly prove fruitful upon their return.
“China is a powerhouse. It’s the second biggest economy in the world and therefore has lots of universities. We have actually carefully selected the universities where our children have gone to. We also continuously go there to check and verify and confirm that our children are in proper universities.” – Katleho Morapela & Cathy Dlodlo