Kandjii-Murangi made these remarks in the wake of predictions in media reports that the operational budget for the Ministry will highly-likely be reduced in the coming financial year. Speaking at the official opening of the NUST academic year, Kandjii-Murangi said, “The challenges facing higher education are complex and concerted efforts are needed to provide new solutions.” She added that students who are funded by the Namibia Student Financial Aid Fund (NSFAF) will continue to receive their support and funding will not be affected.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, reiterated the funding challenges. “I will continuously appeal to Government for our fair share of (appropriate) funding until justice is served. Our legacy will only be preserved once we overcome this great economic challenge.”
Turning her attention to the students, Kandjii-Murangi urged them to familiarise themselves with the rules that govern the University, in order to ensure that they follow the right channels when they are aggrieved and need their problems to be addressed. “I would like to urge the Students’ Representative Council to engage with the University’s management. You all belong to the NUST family, hence all your legitimate concerns must be looked at and resolved here at the Institution,” she stressed.
Another highlight of the event was that two current students, Arno Von Wielligh and Elago Martin, and an alumnus, Mufaro Nesongano, were granted the opportunity to address the gathering. Von Wielligh, a second-year Property Studies student said that he had always set his eyes on studying in South Africa but he opted for NUST and he has no regrets. Martin, who is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture Honours degree this year, testified about his journey in this competitive field and his ambitions to make a difference on the continent.
Nesongano is the Corporate Communication Manager at the Namibia Wildlife Resort and he encouraged students to stay focused on their goals despite the challenges.