Nanso calls for abolishment of registration fees

17 Jan 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) has called for the abolishment of registration fees at tertiary institutions.
Speaking at a media conference here on Thursday, its president Ester Simon said the student body will establish a campaign called ‘The Access Campaign’ to assist students during registration and at the same time, called for the abolishment of registration and application fees.
“This will ensure that every eligible student has access to education,” she added.
Responding to media questions on whether the student body would compromise and ask for registration fees to be reduced instead as tertiary institutions rely on such fees to cover administrative costs, Simon said Nanso will not support a reduction.
“A reduction is something we wouldn't mind having, but if we're to go with the reduction, we'll still find that the poorest of the poor are unable to register,” she added.
In 2016, the body organised a “university lockdown” at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) where Nanso, activists and students restricted access to the institution until negotiations were held between itself and the university’s management.
This resulted in the abolishment of registration fees for all students that year.
“If NUST was able to do it in 2016, then they should do it again in 2019,” the Nanso president said.
Speaking at the same occasion, third-year media student at Triumphant College, Otja Kambaekua said when students ask for registration fees to be abolished, they are told that the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation does not have the money to do so.
Students and their parents are equally impacted by the difficult economic circumstances that the ministry is facing, he pointed out.