MUT to distribute laptops to non-NSFAS funded students first

Students will receive laptops same as these shown by IT&N staff, Sylvester Mchunu, left, and Nkosi Mnguni

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is ready to distribute laptops to all its 2021 registered students starting with those not funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The laptops are part of the plan to distribute devices to aid students as they take-on blended learning that universities around the world adopted with the advent of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“The university will be distributing laptops to non-NSFAS funded students whose laptops have already been procured and the process for distribution established,” said Dr Marlo de Swardt, Senior Director: Information Technology and Networks (IT&N). “The process for NSFAS funded students will start in April after the NSFAS contracts with the University and students have been finalised.”

Speaking at the meeting of the Executive Management Committee on 17 March, Dr de Swardt explained that the University had developed and tested a system for students to apply for laptops online on the ITS i-Enabler system.

The total cost of the laptop is R5,341.75, which will be charged to the students’ accounts. Non-NSFAS funded students have to pay a deposit of R1,335.44 (25%) before they receive a laptop. Students will have until they complete their studies to settle the balance of the laptop.  Students can only apply once and applications open after registration, which starts on 23 March.