Students march to NSFAF

18 Oct 2017 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – Over 200 students from three local tertiary institutions marched to the head office of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) in Windhoek Wednesday to demand payment of outstanding non-tuition fees.
The march was organised by the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso), with the University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology and International University of Management students represented.
Nanso Chairperson for the Khomas Region, Simon Amunime at a media conference on Monday said the non-tuition fees – also called refunds – are important to students as it enables them to pay for things like off-campus accommodation, laptops and transport to and from the university.
In a petition read on their behalf by Amunime, the students demanded that the NSFAF board of directors and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hilya Nghiwete explain to the students why the payments are delayed.
The students also demanded that the student fund make an immediate payment of 50 per cent on non-tuition fees due to them.
They further want NSFAF to pay their tuition and non-tuition fees in the first quarter of the year or on a monthly basis, and for students to be notified that they were awarded bursaries by May every year.
“As we are speaking now, there are students who applied but up to now have not received any response,” he said.
Receiving the petition, acting CEO of NSFAF, Olavi Hamwele said they would look into the complaints.
He explained that the demands by the students were raised in a meeting between NSFAF, Nanso and the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi last Thursday.