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Kandjii-Murangi motivates higher education’s N.dollars 3.1 billion budget allocation

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The Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation has earmarked N.dollars 882 million for the University of Namibia and N.dollars 493.6 million for the Namibia University of Science and Technology for the 2021/22 financial year.This was annou…

The Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation has earmarked N.dollars 882 million for the University of Namibia and N.dollars 493.6 million for the Namibia University of Science and Technology for the 2021/22 financial year.

This was announced by Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi when she motivated her ministry’s budget allocation of N.dollars 3.1 billion for the 2021/22 financial year on Thursday.

Kandjii-Murangi said for the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund, the ministry has earmarked N.dollars 1.2 billion for 2021/2022.

She further said 68 757 students are currently enrolled in the higher education sector.

The minister also said Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainees increased from 32 120 in the 2019/20 FY to 34 920 in the 2020/21 FY, while there has also been an increase in graduates from local tertiary institutions, from 11 528 in 2019/20 to 12 104 in 2020/21. A total of 32 849 students were awarded loans through NSFAF to pursue tertiary education at local and foreign institutions during the 2020/21 financial year.

“There is expanded access to the TVET stream. In the previous financial year, 32 120 trainees were enrolled on VET programmes countrywide. This figure today stands at 34 920. Several TVET centres are being upgraded and new ones are under construction, all in a bid to take education and training to the regions. Government is committed to making sure that education and training are taken to the rural masses. The Valombola, Zambezi, Eenhana, Nakayale and Gobabis TVET centres and the Kai //Ganaxab Youth Centre are being expanded,” Kandjii-Murangi said.

She further added that the construction of new TVET centres is on course in the Kunene, //Kharas and Kavango West Regions.

Source: Namibia Press Agency