07 Oct 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia Students Organisation (Nanso) has warned of a complete lockdown of public higher education institutions if students are required to pay registration fees for the 2017 academic year.
The student organisation also warned of shacks on campus if the shortage of accommodation facilities is not addressed.
Addressing a media conference in the capital on Thursday, Nanso Deputy Secretary-General (SG) Stanley Kavetu said the decision of a total lockdown was taken at the Student Representative Council (SRC) Forum held in September this year.
He explained that Nanso's Resolution 16 states that tertiary educations should be accessible to all students and failure to adhere to free registration for 2017 will result in a national '#VarsityLockDown', inclusive of secondary schools in solidarity.
The student body will also not allow an increase in tuition fees for the 2017 academic year.
The SRC Forum made it categorically clear that all institutions will stand on conviction that no fee increment will be accepted for the 2017 academic year.
Kavetu expressed concern that the plight of students remains unchanged with regard to a lack of accommodation facilities.
He said the SRC further resolved that come March next year, students will erect shacks on the premises of both the University of Namibia (UNAM), and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), if the plight of student accommodation is not resolved.
Kavetu said the leadership of Nanso met with the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi early this year to discuss the plight of student accommodation, but this problem has never been resolved.
UNAM is building a new administrative block but cannot build student accommodation. They prioritise the money on other things that do not address the plight of students.
He further expressed dismay with the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), which he claimed have increased rental allowances so that students get proper accommodation, but this has put students into more debt.