Unam SRC lashes out at university for high registration fees

19 Feb 2014 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Namibia (UNAM) has lashed out at the institution for the drastic increase in registration fees this year.
Speaking here on Wednesday during the university’s official opening, SRC vice-president at the main campus Vincent Shimutwikeni said he and many other students felt sad when the registration fees for this year were announced.
“It is saddening knowing that some of my brothers and sisters are sitting at home, and cannot further their studies because of these high registration fees” he stated.
The registration fees increased from N.dollars 5 800 last year to N.dollars 7 000 this year.
He questioned why the university increases fees every year, but not the facilities.
Shimutwikeni further said Unam should renovate the main campus - from the old hostels to lecture halls - to lecturers’ offices.
He also urged faculty officers to treat students equally and politely.
The SRC leader, however, applauded the extension of Unam campuses to other regions of the country.
Shimutwikeni was specifically referring to the newly-built campus in Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region, which opened this year.
He then condemned the killing of women in the country, and advised students to stick to their responsibilities as students, and to never be discouraged by others.
“As academics, we must be the catalyst of change, and I strongly condemn these evil killings,” the student leader stressed.