WINDHOEK, 12 APR – Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi has appealed to graduates to pay back their Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) loans in order to keep the fund sustainable.
She was speaking at the University of Namibia (UNAM) graduation ceremony in Windhoek on Thursday.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the NSFAF becomes sustainable so that it can assist other citizens who wish to pursue their studies,” Kandjii-Murangi said.
Graduation ceremonies were held for UNAM’s education, humanities and social sciences, economics and management sciences and law faculties on Thursday.
The graduation ceremony for the faculties of agriculture and natural resources and health sciences and science will take place on Friday.
Over 3 812 students are graduating from all UNAM campuses countrywide, of which 67 per cent is female and 33 per cent, male.
Speaking to Nampa at the graduation, Moses Haundjodjo a Bachelor of Education graduate said although the graduation ceremony is exciting, their prospects after graduation dims their excitement as the job market for teachers has slowed.
“Back then studying education meant one will get a job immediately after graduating, but it is not like that anymore as there are many professional teachers out there without jobs,” he said.
Another graduate, Haimbodi Batholomeus said despite being a milestone, graduation has become a concern due to employment concerns.
“I am expected to have a job but with the current economy it is worrisome as one is joining thousands of jobless graduates on the streets,” said Batholomeus.