Being A Student in Namibia: 2016 vs 2017
– What Has Changed?

Namibia is a quickly developing country, and the people are keen to improve their lifestyle and income so they can compete with developed countries. The Namibian government understand that university study is a major asset because it the foundations of success for future generations.

Those in education strive to ensure that students’ rights are protected. Between 2013 and 2016, a number of new universities and programmes were introduced. Nevertheless, the country is still in need of strong educational policies to take the country forward.

Improving the quality of education
The government of Namibia has been focusing on improving the quality of education. They understand that students need technology to access education whether nationally or internationally. Several survey teams have been sent to different countries to gather information about how students are treated. One of the most significant changes that impacted the quality of education for students was access to technology and the internet.

Urging the students to complete their course
It was important for the government to ensure that all students complete their courses. Students would only secure better-paying jobs if they held a degree qualification. To encourage more young people to complete university studies, a series of new policies were introduced in 2017, including a change to the grading system. By 2017, 70% of students were able to complete their studies.

Private institutions registration
There were many private institutions working in Namibia.
• The government conducted a survey and found that the government has not registered the majority of private institutions. This was one of the main reasons why so many private university graduates were unemployed.

• The government began to create a collection of all universities that had not previously been registered.
• In 2017, most of the universities have now been registered and the students have an affiliated degree that will help them get a better job.

Funding
As well as improvements to the actual delivery of education, there have also been changes to the way in which students can access funding. All deserving students will now receive grants from the authority that will enable them to continue in education. However, only a select few students will receive these grants because of spending restrictions. With financial support, students from the poorest backgrounds can enrol in higher education. This has resulted in a 20% increase in university enrolments in comparison with the previous year.

Bottom line
Whether private or public, every university in Namibia is working hard to ensure that students graduate with a reputable degree qualification. With the help of the registered universities, students know that their degree has some value. With more improvements to education and access to funding, more young people can attend university in Namibia.

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