31 Jul 2016 21:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) The University of Namibia (UNAM) has reiterated their demand for students to pay outstanding tuition and registration fees, as failure to do so would risk them not being eligible to sit the October examinations.
The university face severe financial challenges, as students have still not settled their outstanding fees due for this year.
Unverified media reports indicate that UNAM students owe the university about N.dollars 84.5 million.
A media statement issued to the public on Friday said: Tertiary education all over the world is very expensive. Student fees form an integral part of any university budget, as governments cannot subsidise tertiary institutions.
UNAM argues that they face severe financial pressure after students were allowed to register at the beginning of this year and pay later.
The student debt of UNAM has increased significantly during 2016 as a result of the decision to register students without applying the normal payment requirements at registration, the statement reads.
This was preceded by widespread protest dubbed Varsity Lock Down by various students from tertiary institutions across the country, demanding free education from Government.
The university has significant shortfalls in its 2015/16 budget. Students with outstanding debt will not be allowed to sit for the October 2016 examinations, it said.
UNAM thus urged students to settle their dues before or on 30 September 2016.
Students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) owe their institution about N.dollars 50 million.
However, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi, in consultation with NUST management earlier this year, agreed to write off the student debt for both public tertiary institutions, but did not agree to scrap registration fees.
Students argued that they were unable to pay registration fees amounting to about N.dollars 5 500.
However, an intervention by Government allowed students to register for free and be eligible to pay their dues much later.