A UNIVERSITY of Namibia student collapsed earlier this week on her way to the examination center after spending a night in a lecture hall studying.
Two ambulances were dispatched to the scene to provide the necessary help to the student, who has since recovered.
According to the University’s Student Representative Council Vice President Brian Ngutjinazo, students face serious hunger and fatigue issues during examination periods.
“Last week I had to assist two boys who slept on campus studying all night. They had no food and I personally had to take them to my room to eat and shower. We also have an issue of San students who have not been getting their monthly allowance from the office of the prime Minister for three months now,” Ngutjinazo said.
The student who collapsed is one of the many others who overnight on campus, studying at different venues.
“Our students are forced to sleep on campus during exams because they do not have cab money. We are not exaggerating. The delay by the Namibia Students Financial Fund in paying non-tuition fees affects the poorest of the poor students. Since exams began, the SRC and the office of the dean of students has had to deal with countless cases of students who sleep on campuses because they simply do not have any cab money. We also have countless cases where students are literally starving. These are students who have NSFAF loans and it’s a disgrace,” the SRC saif.
Ngutjinazo maintained that the SRC and the Dean of students have so far secured N$12 000 from the SRC budget to help students mitigate the situation by offering breakfast to students.