Nujoma Castigates Idle Students

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By Staff Reporter WINDHOEK Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma yesterday scolded students from the two institutes of higher learning for their apparent lack of initiative when it comes to issues related to the development of the country. Nujoma said this at a public dialogue session with students, staff and management of both the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia. The former President expressed his feelings on a number of issues including idleness and the wayward behaviour of some students. “I am highly disturbed by the behaviour of some students at our schools as well as at our institutions of higher learning, especially the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia.” Waving his trademark index finger at the close to 600 students, Nujoma said the duties of national development not only rest on the shoulders of Government but on its citizens as well, including students. He reminded the students that in order for the nation to achieve its objectives as set out in Vision 2030, they had to work hard. Nujoma stressed that students should take their studies seriously, pointing out that Vision 2030 will not be achieved by a nation of drunkards and issued a strong warning to students who engage in alcohol related activities. The founding father also touched on problems faced by the university, such as accommodation and lack of quality education amongst others. Responding to a series of questions from students, he said some issues as highlighted by students are receiving attention from the proper authorities. “I am informed that the students at the University of Namibia experience problems with accommodation. I am equally informed that the Vice Chancellor, the University Council and the Ministry of Education are looking into the matter and plans are underway to address the situation,” he said. But this did not mean that the students could just sit and wait for Government to provide for them. “In the meanwhile what are you doing,” at one point Nujoma asked the students. Students persistently brought up the issue of the compulsory breakfast. Nujoma did not mince words and steadfastly reminded the students that the breakfast will continue. He stated that students could afford to take the breakfast, adding that when parents send their kids to school, they do so with enough funds to cater for all their needs. However, students retain the money meant to pay university fees for other things. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a student expressed his disappointment, saying that the entire exercise was not helpful as their genuine concerns as clients of the university had not been resolved. “I think the ‘afternoon dialogue’ with the founding father did not solve anything but gave us more reason to worry,” concluded the student.