SCORES of students from various institutions who marched on the head-office of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) demanded that the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation resign and that institution’s board of directors be dissolved with immediate effect.
The protesting students demanded that Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, must resign with immediate effect and said her management of the entire volatile situation is endangering the future of thousands of young people and causing division among student leaders.
Also listed in their demands in the petition handed over to the relevant authorities they want the NSFAF to get rid of one of its Chief Executive Officers. They demanded that the a choice should be made between the current Acting CEO and incumbent CEO , who is currently on suspension with full pay and benefits.
“NSFAF must only have one CEO. The benefits and salary of one or the other must be diverted into student funding. We are all needy and poor there are more than 12 000 students in need of financial assistance.”
In their petition the students claimed that the board, chaired by Jerome Mutumba does not have the students’ interests at heart.
The students further demanded that all accredited diploma qualification courses at all institutions must be funded.
They also demanded that all companies that have fishing quotas and rights along with mining companies must contribute five percent of their profits to student funding.
The NSFAF was given until 15 June to meet the students’ demands.
The countrywide protest was triggered by government’s recent announcement that out of 15 087 students who applied for funding, only 2 925 will receive funding, leaving 12 624 others in oblivion.
Meanwhile, the NSFAF Acting CEO, Kennedy Kandume responded by saying that the institution will first ‘study’ the petition before a proper response to the students’ can be given.