Motherhood and studies are not good partners: Namwandi

13 Feb 2014 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - The vice-chancellor of the International University of Management (IUM) has urged female students to avoid falling pregnant as this would affect their studies negatively.
Virginia Namwandi made this plea when she addressed IUM students at the opening of that institution’s 2014 academic year here on Wednesday.
“Motherhood and studies are not good partners. Let me assure you that should you fall pregnant, it is you, the mother, who will carry the greater part of the burden,” she noted.
Namwandi thus appealed to female students to focus on their studies, stressing that they still have plenty of time to raise a family after they graduate.
The vice-chancellor also encouraged male students to equally focus on their studies.
“Parenting is a shared responsibility, and therefore you stand to compromise your studies if you become a father prematurely,” she advised.
Meanwhile, the IUM this year introduced a four-year Nursing Science Honours’ degree programme.
The IUM’s Director for Nursing Science, Professor Agnes van Dyk, said a total of 40 students have been enrolled in that course this year.
She told this agency on Thursday that nursing students will be trained at the health facilities of the Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as in the private sector.