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University of Namibia postpones exams due to students’ protest

Windhoek – Students’ protests have forced the management at the main University of Namibia campus in Windhoek to postpone examinations scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, its Vice Chancellor, Lazarus Hangura, said.

Hangura said in Windhoek that he received a petition from the students on Monday and that
the university council would decide the way forward on Thursday.

The vice chancellor, however, could not say when the postponed examinations would be written.

The protests were sparked on Monday due to an order by the university for students to pay up their fees before they could sit for examinations.

The move to bar indebted students was arrived at after the university realised that it was owed more than 10.3 million dollars.

This is the first time the university is demanding full payment before the students can sit for examinations.

In the past, indebted students were allowed to write but would only collect their results when they paid in full.

In January 2016, students at the University of Namibia demonstrated against paying registration fees and were allowed to enroll.

There are 19, 000 students at the university.


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