MoE dispatches funds for return of students in Ukraine

21 May 2014 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education through the Namibia Students’ Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has dispatched N.dollars 4.4 million to the Namibian Embassy in Moscow for the return of students due to the political unrest in Ukraine.
There are currently 320 Namibian students in the Ukraine, including 65 studying at the Crimea State Medical University.
The Namibian Embassy in Moscow, Russia also covers the Ukraine.
Education Minister David Namwandi told Nampa on Tuesday that the money will also cover students who are not funded by the NSFAF.
He, however, could not give the exact date when the students would arrive in Namibia.
“It is up to the (Namibian) Ambassador in Moscow, Ndali-Che Kamati, to make sure that the students return home,” he said.
Namwandi said the Namibian Embassy in Moscow will be responsible for making arrangements for the students’ return.
He made it clear that his office gave a directive that no Namibian student should be left behind in Ukraine, stressing that those students who do not want to return to Namibia should put their desire to remain there in writing.
Meanwhile, it was reported in a local daily earlier this month that classes were dismissed for Namibian and other students enrolled at Ukraine’s Crimea State Medical University as Russian troops entered Crimea after weeks of violent anti-government protests in the Ukraine.
The Ukrainian crisis is a result of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision in November to abandon closer ties with the European Union (EU) in favour of those with Russia.
This led to massive protests in Kiev in the Ukraine, which ended in a bloodbath as dozens of protesters were shot dead in clashes with the police.