20 Dec 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 DEC (NAMPA) - The proposed increment in tuition fees by the University of Namibia (UNAM) is unacceptable during the economic downturn and denies poor students access to education.
This was said by the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) President Ester Simon in an interview with Nampa here Thursday.
She expressed concern that the increment will lead to more young people being on the streets, uneducated and unemployed.
The commodification of education continues to be a stumbling factor for progressive young people, she said.
Simon added that students are already struggling to pay tuition fees at the current. In addition, they have to pay for their accommodation, transport, food and stationary.
This will affect more private funded students who could not secure government loans from Namibia Student Financial Assistant Fund and most of them are coming from disadvantaged backgrounds where they not only face the burden of paying tuition fees but have to hustle day in day out to make it through to the next day, she said.
Simon said Nanso will remain vigilant and unapologetic in advocating for the rightful space for the Namibian child.
We believe that education is the only tool to overcome poverty and only catalyst that will propel the country to a knowledge-based society, she stated.
The student body, she pointed out, will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation on the ground and will engage the stakeholders in education in order to share policy proposals and perspectives on the state of education in Namibia and channel the Free Quality Education Policy (FQEP) proposal.
This will ensure that the free education policy is of quality, inclusive, effective and efficient, noted Simon.
UNAM recently announced a six per cent increase in tuition fees for 2019, with registration fees now standing at N. dollars 1 575 compared to the previous N.dollars 1 425.
The hostel fees range from N.dollars 9 000 to N.dollars 16 010 at the various campuses.