By Sylivester Domasa in Dodoma
THE government has directed all institutions of higher learning to admit students who had secured loans, warning that it would not hesitate to de-register the ones that sought to bar those who wouldn’t have admission fees.
The directive, issued through the education sector ministry, has been prompted by an outcry from students, the public and lawmakers, over public and private universities predicating admission to payment of the fees.
It was communicated in the National Assembly yesterday by the Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training. She explained that accusations of bureaucratic tendencies, whose consequence would be to lock out legitimate students, had been levelled against institutions that included the universities of Dodoma and Sokoine.
Prof Ndalichako also reprimanded institutions such as Mwenge University, which had initially accepted applications from potential students, but were now claiming that they were full.
According to figures presented in the National Assembly, at least 63,737 students (39,779 men and 24,958 females) were registered by the Tanzania Commission for Universities to join the 2018/19 academic year.