It has been a long journey for many. From waiting for their Grade 12 results not knowing whether they will pass or not, to struggling to secure funding.
According to statistics provided by the Department of Institutional Planning, this year, more than 12 500 students have registered to date, which is a significant increase of over 600 students, compared to last year during the same period.
Of the 12 500 students, there are slightly more male students than females. In 2017, a total of 11 922 students registered, majority of them being male.
The following year, 11 235 students were registered, with males still in the lead. As registration is still ongoing, it is still too early to tell if this trend will continue.
The smooth process
Speaking on her experience, first-year Economics student, Daisy Silva, said that in comparison to her previous institution, registering at NUST was efficient and well organised.
“My experience was one for the books. I was blown away by how easy it was and how friendly the staff were, especially with the way they spoke to me,” she said.
Silva expressed that another highlight she could recall from her experience was how she received all her documents on the same day. “Another thing I enjoyed was the fact that we got our student cards and proof of registration on the same day and some of my modules were exempted on the spot,” she expressed. Silva added that the convenience of having all the registration points in close proximity to the other is what made her experience convenient.
Third-year Accounting student, Ndakonja Usiku emphasised how grateful he was for the effortless steps needed to register. “I give a huge thanks to the friendly staff that ensured that everything was done in the right order,” he said.
On the contrary
However, not all the students that were approached have positive experiences. A final- year student in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed concerns with some staff members he approached during the registration process. “Registration assistants need training so to be friendlier when helping students register,” he stressed.
Fall of the fees
During the registration period, the University’s Management Committee of Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation agreed to reduce the registration fees for all 2020 Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) applicants with valid NSFAF acknowledgment letters, in half.
According to the Acting Director of the Department of Marketing and Communications at the University, Jordaania Andima the reduction of registration fees ensured that all tertiary students were awarded the opportunity for education, with particular focus on the underprivileged.
At the time of going to print, management had made another announcement stating that students owing up to N$15 000 will also now be allowed to register.