Planned UNAM demonstration called off

23 Oct 2017 19:20pm
RUNDU, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM) acting Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Bernard Kavau has called off a planned nationwide demonstration after the SRC and the institution’s management reached an agreement on Monday.
Kavau told Nampa on Monday that the planned demonstration came after the SRC last week learnt that students who owe tuition fees were not allowed to write exams.
However, he said management and the SRC came to an agreement on the matter, prompting the demonstration to be called off.
The two parties, he explained, have agreed that students with outstanding balances on their accounts will be allowed to sit for the examinations provided they pay a minimum amount of 50 per cent of their total outstanding balance.
“Students who miss any of the regular examination opportunity, but are able to make the required 50 per cent payment before or on 07 November will be eligible to apply for special examination [using] the normal procedures,” Kavau explained, adding that the special examination will be the first and last opportunity for these students.
He further said students are reminded that direct and electronic deposits into the university’s bank account will only be cleared after 48 hours to enable such students to be admitted for the examinations.
The acting SRC president said they agreed that the university will withhold all examination results with outstanding balances on their accounts.
He also encouraged students to settle all outstanding amounts before the commencement of the 2018 registration period.