The plan by the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) and student representative councils to submit letters of demand at the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) headquarters this morning has been called off.
This follows a high level meeting presided over by president Hage Geingob which discussed the 50% tuition deposit fees, non -tuition and registration fees, that disadvantages and excludes students from accessing higher education.
President Geingob directed the finance minister to release funds to all public institutions of higher learning, in order to ensure that no student is excluded, disadvantaged and discriminated financially and academically.
“This means we are patiently waiting on the government to bail out students. We are expecting all our accounts to be settled. We are expecting all previous student debts to be cleared and we are expecting all NSFAF beneficiaries' non - tuition, accommodation and tuition fees to be paid up and for all students to experience a fruitful and smooth registration process,” said Nanso in a written statement.
As for the 50% Deposit on tuition fees, no student will be expected to pay that amount upfront, as all institutions will be bailed out by government, the student body said.
Nanso said it expects all students that have been barred from registering, to be allowed to register “after they all have received and internalised these good news”.
“In that regard fellow students, our properly planned and mobilized program to physically submit letters of demand and master list, is from this point on called off, until further notice,” said Nanso.
The body’s secretary general and all SRCs will meet, formulate and physically submit a master list that contains the body’s details to NSFAF “in order to remind it's management of our seriousness and urgency”.
“We therefore salute the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency, Dr. Hage Geingob and his team on this progressive and strategic leadership,” the body said.
Meanwhile, the high level meeting was also attended by prime minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, minister of urban and rural development, Sophia Shaningwa and minister of finance, Calle Schlettwein and Nanso president Ester Simon.