Polytechnic SRC lashes out at management

05 Feb 2015 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) - The Student Representative Council (SRC) at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) lashed out at the PoN management for not responding to their demands.
The student body earlier demanded a reduction in registration fees for the 2015 academic year.
Students - with the support of the SRC - protested before the registration for the new academic year against the 16 per cent increase in registration fees introduced by the PoN for the 2015 academic year.
Samuel Ndungula, SRC for Academic Affairs, who was speaking at the official opening of the 2015 academic year at the PoN here on Wednesday, said they did not receive any response from the government or the management of the Polytechnic.
He said information has it that the PoN does not receive enough funds from the government, and this resulted in the institution increasing the registration and tuition fees - a practice which he described as unfair because the PoN produces some of the country's best graduates.
In recent media reports, PoN Rector Tjama Tjivikua noted that his institution does not receive enough funding from Government through the Ministry of Education (MoE), adding that the MoE has not been taking care of the needs of this institution.
Ndungula noted that the current fees at PoN are too high, and made it clear that the student body only wants the best service for the students.
PoN increased its registration fees from N.dollars 3 000 to N.dollars 3 500 for the 2015 academic year.
The registration for the new academic year for students commenced on 15 January, and will end on Friday this week.