THE Popular Democratic Movement Youth League (PDMYL) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the recent agreement reached between the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO) on student fee payments.
Secretary General of the Popular PDM YL Bensen Katjirijova called upon NSFAF to reopen the table for negotiations for an agreement that is inclusive of different political formations.
According to Katjirijova, the latest deal by the two institutions is illegal as it does not honour the contractual obligations that NSFAF should abide by and do the payments.
“Every NSFAF beneficiary signed a contract with the fund which explicitly and in fine detail explain the mandate that both parties (the student and the fund) should play,” said Katjirijova.
Outstanding student payments by NASFAF have been a topic of discussion for the past few months since the end of last year and NANSO had given the institution an ultimatum to pay the outstanding fees or else be faced with student protests.
Last week the two institutions, however, reached an agreement which stated that as from Monday, NSFAF is to pay students a once off amount of N$3000 for outstanding non-tuition fee for 2017 while covering full tuition for those that are still outstanding.
The agreement further stated that all fields of study will be paid a maximum of N$24 000, with exception of fields of study whose tuitions are higher than the stated amount. “These fields are Medicine, which will be paid up to maximum of N$54 000; Engineering and Veterinary Medicine up to a maximum of N$34 000 per student,” the statement reads.
NSFAF will then pay a flat non-tuition fee of N$17 000 (refunds) to all students. The Fund committed to paying the fees by end of July.
The PDMYL rejected the resolutions, saying that they “leave students at a very disadvantaged position and are illegal at worst.” Katjirijova accounted for the consequential inconvenience that will be experienced by the hostel students who will be forced to top up their accommodation fees with excess amounts ranging from N$6000 – N$9000. He said they have already observed that third year Faculty of Science students and fourth year Faculty of Education students are finding themselves in such a predicament. He further added that ‘lousy’ N$3000 once of payments from the N$14 000 outstanding non-tuition fee is completely unacceptable. PDMYL also expressed its intention to write a complain letter to NSFAF soon.
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