10 Nov 2017 19:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 10 NOV (NAMPA) - Students of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) at Arandis stayed away from classes on Thursday and Friday in protest over lack of a satisfactory response on their queries about examination papers and refunds.
The students raised questions to management about why the Mathematics exam papers for the Building and Civil trade, where they do bricklaying, plumbing and carpentry, is the same as that of the Engineering trade.
Another burning issue for students is the lack of refunds for their Government study grants. They demand their grant refunds just like other technical training institution students.
Speaking to Nampa on condition of anonymity on behalf of the students on Friday, a lecturer said students are tired of being ignored every time they demand change to these things.
The lecturer said all students who join the institution with low marks are advised to choose the Building and Civil trade while those with good marks take Engineering trades such as boilermaker, and fitter and turner.
The lecturer said students are also disappointed that they are made to take a course due to low marks, yet the examination remains the same.
Regardless of the advice, which is justified, that those with lower marks should not take the engineering courses as they might fail, the exam papers remain the same for both trades, said the lecturer.
The students are allegedly hurt because most of them, especially from the Civil trade, have been failing the Mathematics examinations as it is tough for them.
The students on Thursday demanded to meet the institutions Executive Director, Eckhart Mueller to give them answers but he could not satisfy them with the answers he provided.
The protest continued on Friday with students waiting for Mueller to meet them and answer their questions.
The lecturer said if the students do not get the answers they want, they will forward their complaints to the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation.
The students are tired. These issues have been dragging on forever without any favourable response or change, said the lecturer.
Attempts by this agency to get comment from Mueller on Friday proved fruitless as he was in a meeting.