UNAM SRC distances itself from Nanso statements

06 Aug 2018 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia’s Student Representative Council (SRC) officially distanced itself from the agreement signed between the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) and Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).
This comes after Nanso issued a statement on 01 August 2018 in the Khomas Region, expressing it is no longer interested in fighting NSFAF after failing to pay student fees by the end of July as promised.
Nanso further explained that this would force students to “shut down” the Ministry of Higher Education next week, which might force the minister to resign if she does not have the students’ interest at heart.
The terms of the said agreement, according to the UNAM SRC’s statement issued on Monday, have an effect of breaching the contracts signed between the university’s students and NSFAF.
“The terms of the agreement further pose a threat to our students’ right to education because it does not take into account the high tuition fees of our institution inclusive of boarding fees.”
The SRC also reiterated that its office is the sole and legitimate representative of all UNAM students across all its 12 campuses, through liberal elections in terms of section 15 of the University of Namibia Act (18) of 1992.
“With the above in mind, we demand that NSFAF honours the contracts signed by our students who are beneficiaries and respect the terms as outlined in those contracts,” the statement said.
It added: “Our students have made it clear that they do not consent to changing any of the terms outlined in the contract.”
The student representative body also demanded that the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi intervene in the matter and declare the agreement between UNAM and NSFAF null and void.
The office also demanded a response on the matter by Wednesday, 08 August 2018 from the minister.
“Should we not receive any response, we will go ahead and conclude that the minister is no longer a guardian parent to our students and that we are left to fend for ourselves as students of institutions of higher learning,” the statement added.