NSFAF should return to Ministry of Higher Education: Kandjii-Murangi

13 Dec 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibia Students' Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) should become a directorate within the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation to ensure transparency in the allocation of scholarships.
This was said by Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi at a media conference organised by President Hage Geingob to highlight achievements and challenges faced by the Harambee Prosperity Plan here on Wednesday.
“We are ready as a ministry to ensure that, come 2018, we have everything that will ensure that there is efficiency, proper transparency and every system is in place to ensure that those who were eligible to access these funds will definitely do so under us.”
She noted that apart from NSFAF, different embassies offer scholarships too but the manner in which these scholarships are distributed is an important area that her ministry will look into, so that students who are eligible benefit from the fund.
This, Kandjii-Murangi said, is something that will require a lot of systems to be put in place, and ensured that her ministry will do that in consultation with those who have been tasked to do so.
She stressed that since the NSFAF was delinked from the ministry in 2013, there have been good developments, good progress; however of late, there has been negative publicity around the entity and this calls for introspection with regard to where it will function better.
Some of the negative publicity involves N.dollars 1.7 billion allocated to the institution between 2009 and 2013, which is unaccounted for.
“There was a need for investigation. A need for introspection and it came out that it would be better for it to revert back to the parent ministry where it was initially, for transparency and accountability,” Kandjii-Murangi said.