WINDHOEK: Hundreds of students at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) in Khomasdal took to the streets on Tuesday to express their unhappiness with the management of the training facility.
One of the students’ major gripes is the accommodation at the VTC, which they say is not up to standard.
The students claimed that they do not get value for their money as they have to pay N.dollars 450 per month for accommodation, but are then forced to stay in overcrowded houses at the centre.
The units are supposed to house three students each, but currently some house up to nine students, with some forced to share their beds with up to two other individuals.
Another issue is the fact that they receive only one pair of overalls, and are then forced to buy additional overalls when needed.
Other allegations were that their toolboxes are incomplete and they have to pay for any tools which are lost or damaged, but these are then allegedly never replaced or repaired.
The students chained the main gate shut to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the premises. Student representative Rabbi Kalomo told Nampa that the gates will remain closed until the WVTC management adheres to their grievances.
The head of the centre, Paulus Haukongo, met separately with members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) before leaving the premises without addressing the media.