NUST extends registration to accommodate NSFAF students

Namibia University of Science and Technology has extended its second semester registration period to 26 July following the release of the list of students sponsored by Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).

In an announcement issued by NUST Registrar Moss Garde on Thursday, stated that the decision was approved by the executive committee to extend it for one week while classes convene on Monday.

This came after a press release was issued by the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation ItahKandji-Murangi on Wednesday, saying the ministry as well as the institutions of higher learning have reached an understanding to allow all eligible NSFAF students to register for the second semester.

NSFAF publicised the names of all qualified students to the respective institutions to facilitate registration.

The ministry constituted a high level technical committee to identify additional sources to fund NSFAF funded students and to address the students' financial aid's N.dollars 641 million budget deficit.

On 20 May 2019, NSFAF announced that it will only grant financial assistance to 2 925 out of 15 087 new applicants during this academic year, due to a shortfall in its 2019/20 budget.

Last week in the NAtional Assembly, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Member of Parliament (MP) Elma Dienda confronted Kandji-Murangi with a letter from the University of Namibia addressed to one of the students where they requested NSFAF-funded students to settle their accounts before they are allowed to register.

Kandji-Murangi assured that all students will be allowed to register following discussions where all institutions came to a consensus.

Responding to questions sent by NAMPA on Thursday, UNAM Students Representative Council (SRC) President said

In an interview with NAMPA on Thursday, NUST SRC President Juno Angula said the registration has been extended for NSFAF funded students while a submission for self-funding to register a lower fee has been made and you hope for a fruitful outcome that produces a balance of interests of the students and the institution.

Source: Namibia Press Agency