"This is not Harambee": Cota students

13 Jun 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) – About 100 College of the Arts (Cota) students peacefully marched from the Katutura Community Arts Centre to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MEAC), demanding that their classes resume by no later than 19 June.
This follows last week’s postponement of all courses for first and second-year students until further notice due to budget cuts.
The students made the demand in a petition read on their behalf by Student Representative Council (SRC) member, Steve Hangula.
In the petition they also demanded that Cota be moved to the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, and called on Government to redirect funds to Cota for lecturers and technical resources.
Students also demanded upgrades to software and equipment in the media design department; television and radio production section; instruments for performing arts students and sewing machines for the fashion design department.
Hangula expressed concern that budget cuts have delayed the 2016 third-year students’ graduation ceremony from 06 April to 06 July.
“However, this is not the final date and we are sitting in limbo. How is it possible that budget cuts affected our education to such an extent? Is this what Harambee [Prosperity Plan] calls for? I don’t think so!”
He said it is disturbing that Government advocates for the empowerment of the Namibian child through education, while it clearly cannot fulfil the promise of quality and inclusive education.
Receiving the petition, MEAC Permanent Secretary Sanet Steenkamp promised the students that the authority will respond to their demands after deliberations with the executive management.