Implementation of HE funding framework on track

Following the 2013 cabinet approval of a funding framework to ensure equity and transparency in the allocation of financial resources to public higher education institutions, the National Council for Higher Education says budgetary submissions are being finalised for the 2017-18 financial year, writes Albertina Nakale for New Era.

“We have already made the proposals for the next financial year. The institutions submitted their financial needs in August to the National Council for Higher Education secretariat and by end of September we shared our recommendations with the Ministry of Higher Education. These recommendations have been submitted to the Ministry of Finance that is now in the process of finalising the budget submissions for the next financial year,” said the deputy director of operations at the National Council for Higher Education, Sylvia Demas, in an interview with New Era.

The funding framework was implemented this current financial year for the country’s only two public higher education institutions, namely the University of Namibia and the Namibia University of Science and Technology. During its implementation phase, the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi said the government subsidy was determined by the difference between the needs of the higher education institutions (estimated operational costs) and tuition fees.
Full report on the New Era site