TUN calls on NSFAF to settle unpaid fees

30 Nov 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – The Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) has called on tertiary institutions and the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to enable students, particularly those vying for qualifications in education, to access their results.
In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Tuesday, TUN Secretary General, Mahongora Kavihuha said a number of students registered complaints to the union about their unpaid school fees by NSFAF.
“Their (the students) institutions of higher learning will not allow them to access their results due to pending school fees, thereby, they will not be able to register for summer school,” Kavihuha told Nampa.
A list of names in Nampa’s possession reveals that there are more than 35 education students whose academic fees are not paid by NSFAF, with more names expected to be added to the list.
According to Kavihuha, students are expected to register for summer school two days or a week after the release of the results.
Summer school is a supplementary program in which students who have failed the normal examinations of a module get a chance to go through two weeks or more of classes during university summer vacations. It is taken as part of an academic course and students write the exams at the end of the period.
He further added that the regular examination results will be released around 13 December this year.
Kavihuha stressed that should the final year students fail to register for the summer school, they will not graduate by next year therefore leaving the country with unqualified teachers.
“In the same spirit, we urge higher academic institutions, NSFAF and the Ministry of Higher Education and Innovation to cooperate and be lenient as they are punishing our students,” he said.
In response to TUN’s call, NSFAF’s Senior Manager for Marketing and Communications, Percy Tjahere dismissed these complaints, saying TUN is a teachers union and not a student representative body and that subsequently NSFAF will consult with relevant bodies.
“We procedurally deal with individual cases that come to our attention and we have not heard of any complain this time around from any students with such claims,” Tjahere said.