Namwandi calls for NSFAF students to be allowed to write exams

30 May 2013 09:40
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) - Education Minister Dr David Namwandi on Thursday urged all tertiary institutions with students funded through the ministry's Namibia Students? Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to allow them to write their examinations.
Speaking at a media briefing here, Namwandi said his ministry has received complaints from students that they are not allowed to enter examination halls due to outstanding payments of their tuition fees.
?I call upon the institutions of higher learning to allow students with letters from the NSFAF to write examinations, and the institution to approach the ministry,? he stated.
Namwandi said the Fund has been providing financial assistance to students in three categories: 75 per cent of the funding goes to students from disadvantaged groups; 20 per cent to students to study courses deemed critical, such as information technology, engineering and medicine; while five per cent goes to merit (best) students.
Government financing is given to Namibian students studying in local or international tertiary institutions.
Namwandi further noted that his ministry has sent out teams to international universities to investigate the use of the Fund by Namibian students, and will provide feedback in this regard soon.
He then reassured tertiary institutions that the outstanding payments will be effected within the next two weeks.
Deputy Education Minister Silvia Makgone was also in attendance at the briefing.