The Polytechnic of Namibia’s rector Tjama Tjivukua in response to the SRC strike threats said, students might as well go home if they are not going to register since the school needs those funds to function because government does not subside enough.
“We are not exorbitant in our charges and we do not receive enough funding from the government, ministry of education especially” he said at the Academic welcome of the institution this morning. He made the remarks at the Academic welcoming of 2015 which was themed: Excellence in the 21st century.
The PoN which is going through a rebranding and renaming stage has not started its registration process yet. “We can’t stop thinking of tomorrow, meaning we should stay at the forefront of education.” he emphasized.
Tjivikua commented on the point of poor infrastructure made by the students that the infrastructure is poor because of the insufficient government support. “The ministry of education have not been taking care of our needs. Many of our requests at the ministry have not been attended to” he explained.
Vice-rector: Academic Affairs and Research Andrew Niikondo also made a presentation on Academic leadership at the event, focusing its main points around the functions of the institution. His main point was that academic leadership is a catalyst for academic quality. He also reiterated that the main challenge faced by the polytechnic is funding and that the funding mechanisms that focuses on research needed to be improved.