No more paying of secondary school fees: Pohamba

13 Mar 2014 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibian parents will as from 2016 no longer be required to pay school fees for their children in secondary school.
A decision was taken by Cabinet on Tuesday this week to direct the Minister of Education, David Namwandi to make all the necessary arrangements so that no Namibian parent or guardian will be required to pay school fees at secondary education level as from the 2016 academic year.
This comes after the introduction of free primary education, which was announced at the beginning of last year.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba made the announcement at the official event marking the inauguration of the Mutual Keetmanshoop Mall at Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region on Thursday morning. The modern shopping complex was constructed by Old Mutual Namibia.
“Government will now pay the school fees for all children in the country as from 2016. No more parents will be asked to pay money for school fees. This decision by Government will now lift the burden put on the shoulders of parents with regards to payment of school fees at the moment,” the Head of State said.
Pohamba also called on young people living in the //Karas Region to make use of the University of Namibia (Unam)’s southern campus situated at Keetmanshoop to further their studies in order to help improve their living conditions and those of their family members in future.
He made the announcement in the presence of //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi and several prominent Nama traditional leaders.