Students plead for permanent solution to tution payment

01 Feb 2018 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – Close to 30 students from different tertiary institutions of higher learning marched to the head office of the Namibia Students Financial Assistants Fund (NSFAF) on Thursday due to late payments of tuition fees.
Handing over the petition on behalf of the students to the Chief Human Capital for Corporate Affairs Officer at NSFAF, Olavi Hamwele, the President of the Student Representative Council at Triumphant College, Wilbard Kangwiya called on NSFAF officials to find a permanent solution with regard to the late payment of tuition fees.
“We as students are tired and fed up of the government trying to cut a tree by its branches. We want to deal with the root causes of the problem so that we find a solution,” he said.
He explained that at Independence, the Namibian government made a promises to provide quality education, but students currently feel neglected.
Kangwiya pleaded with the government to take care of the students as the problem of non-payment of tuition fees, has led students to drop out of tertiary institutions, as they do not have means to pay tuition.
That SRC President further expressed disappointment with the Namibia National Students Organization (Nanso) who distanced itself from the march at the 11th hour.
He explained that an agreement was reached at a student SRC forum which was held on 09 January this year, where the decision for today’s march was taken.
“We have learned today that Nanso has decided to distance itself from the strike, but as student leaders and students who are tired of this, we say we are not going to give up,” he noted.
He claimed that Nanso decided not to take part as the march is spearheaded by the Affirmative Action Reposition Movement.
In her response, the President of Nanso, Esther Simon said the student body was never part of the strike, as the issues of non-payment and late payment of tuition fees are currently being dealt with by the fund.
“We did not pull out, we believe in following the right channels and procedures, currently those problems are been looked into and it will take time,” she said.
(NAMPA)
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