MTC handover bursaries to students of PoN and 15 MTC employees valued at N.dollars 700,000

WINDHOEK: Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Monday handed over bursaries to four students of the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) and 15 MTC employees valued at N.dollars 700 000.

The bursaries were made available through MTC’s Scholarship Programme for undergraduate level studies in the fields of electronic engineering, engineering in telecommunications, and software development.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Immolatrix Geingos-Onuegbu, Education Minister David Namwandi said every year his office is inundated with appeals to consider awarding loans and scholarships to high school graduates and to those who want to pursue advance degrees.

Namwandi said his ministry, through the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), cannot meet the increasing demands and needs of scholars alone, therefore funding from Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) is vital to complement Government’s efforts.

He stressed that the number of applicants to the NSFAF outweighs the number of recipients by far, and there is simply not enough to go around and benefit each applicant.

A concerted effort and contributions by all stakeholders are therefore required to create a better and more developed Namibia.