Students appeal for private loans

18Apr 2019
Correpondent
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Students appeal for private loans

THE government has been urged to provide loans to students who complete their studies at private secondary schools since most of them come from poor families and cannot afford university fees.

Minister for Education Prof Joyce Ndalichako

The appeal was made yesterday by Mbezi Beach secondary school headteacher, Kiramuu Mbowe, during the 14th Form Six graduation ceremony held at the school premises whereby 305 graduates were awarded  certificates.

Dar es Salaam Regional Education Officer, Hamis Lisu was the guest of honour.

Mbowe said that there is a wrong perception that those who study in private schools come from family that are wealthy economically something he said it is not true because most of his students come from very poor families.

Mbowe said some of the students at Mbezi Beach secondary school pay their school fees by doing some small businesses like selling food and vegetables and other small businesses which enable them to generate incomes to be able to pay school fees in installments.

 “Most of our students here come from poor families so to deny them university loans just because they studied at private schools we think it is not fair, those are Tanzanians we must think twice on this and give them loans so that they can proceed to  universities, ” said Mbowe.

Mbowe commended the government efforts for taking measures to control book publishers who were putting in the market of poor standard text books with a number of grammatical mistakes.

“We congratulate the Minister for Education Prof Joyce Ndalichako who has been keen in following book publishers as well as taking measures against them”, he  appealed to the government to also consider private schools when providing books and laboratory equipment to public schools. 

Speaking at the event, Regional Education Officer, Hamis Lisu commended the private schools contribution in boosting the education sector. He said the government cannot do it alone in providing quality education in the country that is why it had decided to allow private schools to make sure every citizen can get education. 

Speaking on behalf of other graduating students, Aloyce James appealed to the government to give loans to students who complete their studies in private schools because most of them cannot afford paying fees for their higher education.

She said most of his fellow students at Mbezi Beach secondary school are from poor families and that their parents pay fees by doing unskilled jobs.