12 Jun 2020

University warns of harrowing cases of hardship

From Morning Report, 6:48 am on 12 June 2020

Otago University is seeing sometimes harrowing cases of hardship among its students because of the lockdown.

It says students have lost part-time jobs or financial support from their families as businesses cut back.

The university set up a special hardship fund because of the pandemic and so far it has made 345 grants totalling more than $650,000.

The president of the university's students' association, Jack Manning, told RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen, that it too is seeing a lot of student hardship.