PM orders higher education ministry, NSFAF to release outstanding funds for student tuition fees

The Office of the Prime Minister has issued a directive to the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation to release the funds of students with outstanding fees at Namibian universities that are due for graduation in April.

According to a letter dated 6 March, prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila directed the higher education ministry to engage Namibian universities to allow all students with outstanding tuition fees and who are due for graduation in April 2024 to be permitted to attend the ceremony.

“This directive is due to the fact that the Office of the Prime Minister is inundated with many requests from students that are unable to settle their debts in time for their graduation.

“Therefore, the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) should be directed to pay the outstanding tuition fees of all affected students and ensure that they recover their monies from the students, in accordance with their recovery policy,” noted the letter.

The letter further noted that should NSFAF not be in a position to pay the outstanding fees of all students due for graduation in April, the ministry is directed to approach the Treasury for additional capital injection to NSFAF.
This is to ensure that the directive is carried out without fail.

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