Poly asks for more funding
Government and other stakeholders must make adequate resources available to higher education institutions to enable them to meet their objectives of providing high and quality education, said Niilo Taapopi, chairperson of the Polytechnic of Namibia Council, at the official opening of that institution’s 2012 academic year.
He said the Polytechnic is faced with a serious decline in funding and resource allocation.
“To illustrate this point, during the first 10 years of this institution’s existence, the student enrolment grew only from 2245 to 6000 by 2005. however, thereafter, because of a huge demand for access to higher education, student enrolment burgeoned to 12 440 by 2011. At the same time, prior to 2000 the government subsidy was more or less 70% of the institution’s total expenditure, however since then it has dropped to about 54% in 2011,” said Taapopi.
He added that the decrease in funding seems to be a continuing trend, which is having an adverse effect as it is now becoming increasingly difficult for institutions to achieve their goals.
“It would be regrettable that the Polytechnic, due to inadequate funding would lose this capacity and capability of producing a cadre of students who are top of the leading fields of study. We therefore appeal to our government for significant injection of financial investment to our institution,” said Taapopi.
Out of 20 000 applications received for admission this year, only 5 000 were accepted.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia said the year has started on a high note as the students embark on “this important venture – the search for knowledge and enrichment.”
“I am sure nearly all of us have set new goals for the new year and I believe one of those is self enrichment with knowledge. This is a noble goal because it elevates us to a higher level of civilisation, betterment and satisfaction,” he said.
In 2011, the institution won its third Diamond PMR Award, the top award in the category of higher or tertiary education. The Polytechnic was also ranked ninth in the top African universities and 140th in the World.
The official opening of the Polytechnic of Namibia’s 2012 academic year was held under the theme, ‘Internationalisation of Higher Education’ on Wednesday.