Students of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) have continued their demonstration embarked on last week by blocking the Camp Johnson Road near the campus on Monday, June 11, 2012 in protest of planned increment of tuition and other fees by the Administration of the university.
Speaking to journalists during the protest on the main campus of the university, the leader of the Students With Active Purpose Organization (SWAPO), Richmond Kaydea said they have understood that the administration wants to increase tuition by US$15.
Mr. Kaydea noted that any attempt to increase the tuition would have the propensity to pose serious problem to students studying at the university as more students will not be able to afford the hike in tuition.
“We left classes to get in the street as a means of drawing both administration and government’s attention over the unprecedented increment of tuition at the institution”, student Kaydea indicated.
Student Kaydea pointed out that despite the fact that the university is a recipient of government’s subsidy; much is not being done by AMEU authorities to improve facilities at the institution.
According to him, students are faced with the problem of safe drinking water, deplorable latrines and lack of computer facilities as well as irregular electricity supply on the campus, among others.
He said the students have communicated with authorities of the university calling for improved facilities on campus but to no avail.
When contacted, the Dean of Student Affairs at the AMEU, David Parker told reporters that the action taken by the students by getting in the street in protest of tuition increment was very strange to him and does not represent students’ behavior.
He denied ever receiving any communication from the students regarding the issues highlighted by the student leader.