WINDHOEK, 26 JUNE – The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has agreed to meet the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Thursday to discuss the financial demands of students.
This arrangement comes after the student organisation on Friday gave the NSFAF until Monday 17h00 to meet the listed demands.
Nanso regional secretary for Khomas, Shoki Kandjimi Tuesday confirmed to Nampa that they received communication from the NSFAF on Monday requesting for the Thursday meeting.
Kandjimi said that they will attend the meeting and see how different it will be from the previous meetings and the results thereof will determine the way forward.
During a media conference held here on Friday, Nanso vice-president, Bernhard Kavau said: “should the NSFAF fail to comply, Nanso’s National Executive Committee, Regional Executive Committee and student representative councils resolved to shut down the headquarters of the NSFAF on 04 July.”
The demands from the students are that 100 per cent of the outstanding non-tuition fees of students for 2017 be settled and 100 per cent tuition and 50 per cent non-tuition fees for 2018 be settled and paid out to students respectively.
Kavau said the budget of the NSFAF was increased to N$1.4 billion for the 2018/19 financial year, but the fund is still failing to assist students with their studies.
NSFAF spokesperson, Percy Tjahere confirmed to Nampa that representatives of the two parties were scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the student demands.
“We have written to the National Executive of Nanso on Monday, but they requested us to have the meeting on Thursday as they were having a meeting in Rundu and we agreed,” he said.
Tjahere further rubbished allegations that students are not funded or rejected, adding that every student’s case is handled individually as there are differences in situations.