Higher education ministry to subsidise laptops and internet devices for students

Today, the higher education minister Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi announced a budget of N$244 million towards assisting “needy” students to access online learning platforms. This package is said to support more than 32 000 students who have been at a disadvantage over the past four months due to Covid-19 without access...

08 June 2020 | Education

Through partnership with the Namibia Student Financial Assistance fund (NSFAF), students who’s parents’ incomes fall below N$350 000 per year and those who are identified as vulnerable by their institutions will be the point of focus for this project, which will see the ministry subsidise laptops and internet devices loaded with 10 gigabyte data per month for one year.

“Work is at an advanced stage to acquire the devices and equipment,” said Murangi.
As institutions of higher learning resume in the first week of August, the devices are expected to be rolled out between June and early July according to the minister of higher education.

Kennedy Kandume, the acting chief executive officer of NSFAF stated that the subsidised devices will be accessible to them for half the market price after procurement by the institutions involved. For the students who are unable to top up the remaining 50% of the amount can enter into an agreement with NSFAF, which will allow them to receive devices as well and not be left out. This offer is available to students who are not NSFAF beneficiaries.