WINDHOEK: The Minister of Education (MoE) has lashed out at institutions of higher learning in the country which deny students the right to sit for examinations because they did not pay tuition fees.
Dr Abraham Iyambo was speaking during a one-day stakeholders’ workshop on the review of the entire higher education system in Namibia in relation to its contribution to the achievement of Vision 2030 here today.
He particularly referred to students who receive Government loans through the Namibia Students’ Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).
He explained that some students come back to the ministry, reporting that they were denied the opportunity to sit for examinations and told that they should pay before they can write.
Iyambo then pleaded with the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) and the University of Namibia (Unam) to treat those students with empathy and understanding.
2 (WINDHOEK, 02 AUG NAMPA) – Namibian power utility NamPower today donated two old data storage systems to the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN).
These systems, with a combined capacity of 50 terabytes (TB), are valued at N.dollars 500 000.
It is also referred to as disks, and are used by companies and institutions to store large amounts of data.
Speaking during the handing-over ceremony here, NamPower Managing Director (MD) Paulinus Shilamba said his company recently upgraded its technology to newer data storage systems, and the old systems are thus no longer suitable for their environment.
He said the fact that the systems are no longer compatible with their environment does not mean that they are obsolete, and can be put to good use elsewhere, hence, NamPower’s decision to donate them to the two institutions.
Shilamba noted that these institutions have the need for storage, and they have the necessary infrastructure and capacity to use such big storage systems.