NMDS launces on­line reg­is­tra­tion

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Nthatuoa Koeshe

THE govern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing an e-govern­ment project to in­crease ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy ser­vices at the com­mu­nity level.

This was said by the De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Min­is­ter, Tlo­he­lang Au­mane at the launch of the Na­tional Man­power De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tar­iat (NMDS) stu­dent spon­sor­ship man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem (SSMAS) in Maseru re­cently.

Mr Au­mane said the SSMAS sys­tem will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove ef­fi­ciency in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment of bur­saries.

“We are pro­vid­ing gad­gets to schools for elearn­ing and ac­cess to e- ser­vices,” Mr Au­mane said.

“How­ever, it does not mean that those who do not have ac­cess to the in­ter­net or the re­quired gad­gets are for­got­ten.”

He said stu­dents who do not have ac­cess to the in­ter­net can still reg­is­ter at the NMDS of­fices’ One-Stop-Shop Fa­cil­ity.

Mr Au­mane said they are ex­plor­ing ways of part­ner­ing with the home af­fairs and the ed­u­ca­tion ministries to use com­mon re­sources to reg­is­ter off­line for the SSMAS where cir­cum­stances do not per­mit on­line reg­is­tra­tion.

He ex­plained that SSMAS en­ables stu­dents to reg­is­ter and ap­ply for bur­saries on­line from wher­ever they are as long as they have in­ter­net ac­cess. He said stu­dents will also be able to view their loan bur­sary sta­tus on­line wher­ever they are.

“For now, the only time that stu­dents will be re­quired to phys­i­cally come to NMDS of­fices will be for bio­met­rics ser­vices, ver­i­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments and sign­ing of loan bur­sary con­tracts. This is done in the One-Stop-Shop Fa­cil­ity.”

He said his min­istry is com­plet­ing the five-year Na­tional Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment Plan (NSDP) in­formed by the Na­tional Vi­sion 2020 in which the Loan Bur­sary Fund (LBF) re­form is drawn from.

“The Vi­sion 2020’s over­ar­ch­ing goal calls for Le­sotho to have well trained hu­man re­sources and sus­tain ac­cel­er­ated eco­nomic growth,” he said.

The NMDS di­rec­tor, Flory Rakeketsi, said the new sys­tem will curd the lev­els of dis­sat­is­fac­tion among ap­pli­cants as the pro­cesses of pro­vi­sion of bur­saries will be sim­pler and im­proved.

“The sys­tem is also the in­te­gral part of the loan bur­sary re­forms that are be­ing im­ple­mented at NMDS,” Ms Rakeketsi said.

She said the sys­tem is in­tended to re­duce con­tact be­tween stu­dents and NMDS staff.

“This sys­tem will curb lengthy pro­cess­ing of pay­ments of stu­dents, in­sti­tu­tions and all clients.

“Stu­dents who wish to be en­rolled in in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing and wish to be spon­sored by NMDS should reg­is­ter into the SSMAS via in­ter­net on the ad­dress www.schol­ar­ships.manp. gov.ls,” Ms Rakeketsi said.

She ad­vised stu­dents who are yet to sit for their CEOSC ex­ams to also reg­is­ter in the sys­tem.

She said ap­pli­ca­tions can only be made when spon­sor­ships have been ad­ver­tised by NMDS through the SSMAS and the NMDS Face­book page: Na­tional Man­power De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tar­iat.

DEPUT Y Health Min­is­ter Man­thabiseng Phohleli.

DE­VEL­OP­MENT Plan­ning Min­is­ter Tlo­he­lang Au­mane

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