Venaani wants Government to subsidise student transport

28 Jun 2017 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia President and Member of Parliament, McHenry Venaani wants Government to subsidise tertiary students’ transport.
Venaani aired his view in the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying an individual student spends about N.dollars 6 600 per year to travel to and from their respective institutions of higher education.
“This is not even accounting for the fact that sometimes on weekends, they may go in to access library facilities and perhaps to do group assignments,” he noted.
The leader of the official opposition party said there is “no doubt that public transport is the most critical driver of socio-economic transformation”, noting that when public transport is not easily accessible or affordable it results in the urban poor not being able to access critical economic value chains.
Venaani said transportation has not received enough attention and consideration from the relevant initiatives such as the National Students’ Financial Assistance Fund.
He suggested the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association, Namibia National Students’ Organisation and tertiary institutions study the situation and work towards a mechanism that enables such a subsidy in an efficient and impactful manner.
Responding to Venaani, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Becky Ndjoze-Ojo said Government will not be able to cater for all needs of all students due to its financial position.
The minister urged parents, businesses, churches and the community to assist Government in the education of Namibian students.