UNAM REVERSES DECISION TO BAN STUDENTS FROM EXAMS

UNAM REVERSES DECISION TO BAN STUDENTS FROM EXAMS

After much unrest and outcry from affected students, the University of Namibia (UNAM), has lifted the ban that prohibits students with outstanding fees from sitting for the end-of -year exams.

 The decision came after the Namibia National Student Organization’s (NANSO) UNAM branch asked the University last week to revisit their decision on leaving students who are in arrears out in the cold when it comes to sitting for their exams.

Last week, students were given a deadline to settle their debts by 05 November 2012 (today) or risk not writing their exams, but the decision has since then been reversed after talks between UNAM’s Management and the student body representatives, sending a surge of relief among the student community.

UNAM’s Public Relations Officer Utaara Hoveka confirmed the news today. “The University has decided to grant permission to students with outstanding fees to sit for the final exams provided they settle their debts before February 2013, registration of the commencement of the new calendar year,” he told The Villager. He added that although such students would be allowed to sit for the exams, their exam results would be withheld until their accounts are cleared.

The news came as a relief to many students who were faced with the dilemma of clearing their accounts given the looming deadline, even though many do not have the financial means and are not beneficiaries of the Ministry of Education loans.  The exams are expected to commence tomorrow (6 November).