Northern students join NSFAF protest

08 Aug 2018 18:20pm
OSHAKATI, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – Students from various tertiary institutions in northern Namibia on Wednesday joined their colleagues in Windhoek to protest against the delays in the payment of their study loans by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).
The students staged a two-kilometre street march from the Yetu Shopping Complex in Oshakati East to the offices of the Oshana Regional Council, where they handed over their petition at the Office of the Regional Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa.
The Office of the Governor’s control officer, Moses Matatias received the petition on behalf of Kashuupulwa, and promised to forward it to the relevant authorities on the same day.
Students have addressed their petition to Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, demanding that she respond no later than 15 August regarding their demand for their tuition and non-tuition fees to be paid at 100 per cent and 80 per cent respectively, without further delay.
Spokesperson of the group, Stephanus Nguluwe read their petition in which they accuse the NSFAF of failing to meet their contractual obligations, which had adversely impacted on the students’ academic progression.
Nguluwe stated that most of the students are from families with limited resources.
“They cannot afford to pay tuition fees and other fees, including rental, transport and book fees,” Nguluwe pointed out.