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No job losses anticipated in NSFAF “dissolvement”

No job losses anticipated in NSFAF “dissolvement”

Eba Kandovazu THE Chairperson of the board of Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Klemens /Awarab, says no job losses will be effected when the reintegration of NSFAF as a department into the ministry of higher education happens. /Awarab explains that although the public's perception is that the Fund will be dissolved, that is not the case. According to him, what will happen is a reintegration process, which he says will be done in a cautious and transparent manner. "It is not a dissolution but rather a reintegration, which is a result of a Cabinet directive. The process will be…
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NANSO efforts pointed in wrong direction

The students’ union is fighting over the wrong issue. The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) received over 22,000 applications for state funding for the 2021 academic year and rejected 16,185. The Namibia National Student Organization (NANSO) is engaging the Fund on behalf of several hundred students who feel their applications were wrongly rejected. The real fight for the union is on behalf of all student recipients of education loans, past and present. All student loans must be converted to grants with service options for repayment. Our graduates, most of whom cannot find employment in their fields after graduation, need…
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SPYL asks government to look at NSFAF salaries

SPYL asks government to look at NSFAF salaries

Andrew Kathindi The Swapo Party of Namibia Youth League (SPYL)’s Secretary, Ephraim Nekongo, is calling on the Government to re-examine the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF)’s top brass’s salary structure. Nekongo says this should be part of the Government’s effort to urgently re-organise the whole institution. “The salary structures of NSFAF must not be higher than that of the public sector. The institution barely makes N$0.50 (0.50 cents) per year to supplement the Government's annual budget. As a result, having employees paid millions of dollars to push papers is laughable.” NSFAF has been ordered by the Labour Commissioner to…
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NSFAF put the cart before the horse

NSFAF is now cutting back from offering 32,000 laptops for tertiary education students to 10,000. The question begs about why a needs assessment was not done BEFORE the tender for the higher number of laptops was offered? Why did we need all of the noise about the needs of online education for students when the estimate of usage was a thumb suck? We all recall that pandemic prevention rules made remote education a priority. We quickly realized our entire system was not suited for this reality. With little time to get things moving, the mandate for off campus classes became…
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NSFAF faces fresh allegations …as minister distances herself

NSFAF faces fresh allegations …as minister distances herself

Helena Johannes Higher Education minister, Itah Kandji-Murangi has distanced her office from renewed problems at the trouble-prone, Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) amid discrimination and favoritism allegations against Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kennedy Kandume. “I am quite confident that the Board shall deal with whatever grievances are alleged against the CEO to the satisfaction of both parties without the involvement of my office,” said Murangi. She said that a competent Board of Directors has been appointed to drive the strategic focus of the institution and to deal with such concerns. The Minister’s comments come less than three months…
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NSFAF distributes connectivity devices for online learning

NSFAF distributes connectivity devices for online learning

Helena Johannes The Ministry of Higher Education in collaboration with the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has spent nearly N$2.3 million for the installation of ICT infrastructure as part of the laptop and data connectivity devices initiative at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), NSFAF acting Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Kandume said. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, October 5, 2020 held at NUST, Kandume said the government in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education will eventually spend N$19.3 million for the laptop initiative and data installation at higher education institutions and the distribution of…
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NSFAF rocked by impropriety claims

NSFAF rocked by impropriety claims

Staff Writer Higher Education, Training and Innovation minister, Itah Kandji-Murangi on Tuesday said she will summon the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) board and management to explain various allegation of impropriety at the fund. This comes as a letter written by a concerned staff member making rounds, raised various allegations against the organization, including cases of staff victimization, corruption and wasteful expenditure running into millions. “I have received the letter from the Acting Chief Executive Officer and when a letter like this brings out significant allegations, it calls for them to be looked into. Given the magnitude of the…
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NSFAF funded foreign study is unaffordable

NSFAF can no longer support Namibians attending foreign universities. The little money that remains in state coffers, cannot be stretched that far. All students that have completed half of their requirements (for example) could be funded to finish. But, all others must return and the program shut down. NSFAF funds are loans. Those receiving them should be allowed to spend them on the education of their choosing. Unpredictable foreign exchange fluctuations; the high cost of sending money; and the lack of funds to assist students in emergency situations, makes the program untenable. There are good reasons to support foreign study…
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Are the youth any better?

When we see those involved in the Fishrot debacle, we see that male youth empowerment is well underway - in the wrong direction. The rhetorical anthem of anyone seeking political kudos always includes youth SME loans, youth bursaries, more NSFAF loan money, and the usual vague comments in speeches about helping youth advance. Given that the majority of the population in Namibia is below 39, this makes sense. But, have the youth prepared themselves to build a better Namibia? Or is it all about self-enrichment? The younger people in lucrative power positions are overwhelmingly young men. Are the shouts about…
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NSFAF owed N$2.8 billion

NSFAF owed N$2.8 billion

Andrew Kathindi The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) said that it is still owed N$2.8 billion in loan repayments from past beneficiaries. This announcement comes as NSFAF has allocated a budget of N$244 million for the purchase of mobile devices and laptops. These devices are needed for vulnerable students to have access to e-learning. “There is a data integrity project we are running that is in entering its final stage. So far, the data indicated by the records is that N$2.8 billion is outstanding from former recipients. That tells you that there is a lot of funds that need…
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