UNAM SRC president demands reduced modules

The University of Namibia (Unam) Students' Representative Council (SRC) will this year actively engage the university management that students will only be required to write 3 modules a week and 24-hour space before each examination.

This was said by the Unam SRC president Ginola Nauseb in statement presented on his behalf during the official opening of the 2020 Unam academic year for the northern campuses of Hifipepunye Pohamba, Oshakati, Ogongo and Jose Eduardo dos Santos here on Tuesday.

Nauseb pointed out that students' leaders realised last year a lot of students go through much stress and anxiety during exams period because the university's time table is not students friendly.

Because a student can be writing 2 modules a day and followed by another examination the following day, Nauseb stated, while at the same time appealing that students are in the future granted ample exams preparation time in order to pass well and avoid cheating.

He explained that more than 30 students were last year suspended for exams cheating. The Unam SRC president said the university experienced students fainting and sleeping on campuses due to unnecessary academic stress.

Highlighting on Unam's hiccups, Nauseb indicated that there are no bookshops at the university's campuses at Rundu and Katima Mulilo, the southern campus remains unfinished since 2014, outdated computer systems in lecture halls and Oshakati Campus has no student cards.

A lack of a hostel facility for students at Oshakati Campus continues to affect their welfare, he added.

To help Unam and its students, Nauseb promised that the SRC Congress Executives will engage the ministries of High Education, Training and Innovation and that of Finance to increase the Unam subsidy of N.dollars 900 million to at least N.dollars 2 billion in the new fiscal year.

Dr Paulina Uugwanga, the Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor for Oshakati Campus, officiated at the 2020 Unam northern campuses academic year commencement on behalf of the university Vice Chancellor Kenneth Matengu.

Source: Namibia Press Agency