Kandjii-Murangi addresses NSFAF awards letters issue

17 Jan 2018 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation said it is looking into why students with acknowledgement letters from the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) are being turned away from tertiary institutions.
This was said by the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi when she inaugurated the new NSFAF board of directors here on Wednesday.
Local tertiary institutions are turning away students who do not have a formal guarantee of payment from NSFAF.
The fund last week launched its online application platform, which provides loan applicants with acknowledgement letters.
A local daily newspaper on Tuesday reported that the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the International University of Management have however indicated that these are not sufficient and that students need a full loan award letter to be allowed to register for the 2018 academic year.
Kandjii-Murangi said her ministry had a meeting UNAM and NUST where they asked that they look into the matter.
“We had a meeting with our two public universities already on that matter and we are taking care of it,” she said.
NSFAF says students should use the acknowledgement letters to register for their studies at higher education institutions, even though the acknowledgement letter clearly states that it is not an award letter.