IUM vice-chancellor warns students against pregnancy

06 Mar 2014 18:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – The vice-chancellor of the International University of Management (IUM), Virginia Namwandi has reiterated her call on female students not to fall pregnant as “motherhood and studies are not good partners”.
Namwandi was speaking during the official opening of the IUM Ongwediva Campus’s 2014 academic year here on Wednesday.
She first made the call during the official opening of the IUM’s academic year in Windhoek on 12 February 2014.
“Let me assure you that should you fall pregnant it is you, the mothers of the babies, who will carry the greater part of the burden. Be wise, if you think sending baby home to the village will be a solution, you are mistaken,” Namwandi warned.
She said even if the baby is not with its mother, the mother still carries the responsibility for that child and her studies will inevitably be disrupted.
“You have plenty of time to raise a family after you have graduated,” the IUM vice-chancellor charged, while on the other hand calling on those who are already pregnant to get in touch with the Dean of Students immediately for advice.
She also pointed out that arrangements are at an advanced stage to ensure that IUM’s Ongwediva Campus also has the services of a dedicated and professional councillor as is the case at the Windhoek Campus.
Namwandi at the same time encouraged male students to equally focus on their studies.
“Even though you may not bear as big a burden as the female students, parenting is a shared responsibility and therefore you stand to compromise your studies if you become a father prematurely,” she noted.
In a statement read on his behalf by his special advisor Michael Mwinga for the occasion, governor Clemens Kashuupulwa of the Oshana Region stated that Namibia stands tall and proud for producing IUM, the country’s first private university.
“Ongwediva stands proud to have the second largest IUM campus in the country, and we all salute the founder of IUM for setting up a university with a difference,” Kashuupulwa’s statement read.
The Ongwediva campus has a population of 2 000 students for this year, compared to about 1 600 students last year.
IUM coordinator at Ongwediva, Simataa Mwiya told Nampa his campus has been in operation since 1998 after it kicked off with its initial activities at the sister town of Ondangwa in 1996.
The official opening of the Ongwediva campus’ 2014 academic year coincided with the inauguration of the just completed lecture hall, which can accommodate 400 students.