Science and Kiswahili students to win big in new funding window

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By Jacob Mosenda

Dar es Salaam. At least the top 500 students in science courses are expected to receive full government scholarships in the 2022/23 academic year, as those who will study Kiswahili at universities will join the priority group in the allocation of student loans. Higher Education.

This was revealed yesterday by the Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Adolf Mkenda, when he launched the loan application guide for over 200,000 higher education students who will apply for funding.

He said that for the 2021/22 academic year, the government had allocated 570 billion shillings in loans, benefiting a total of 177,800 students.

For the 2022/23 academic year, he said the government has allocated 573 billion shillings, of which 570 billion shillings will be in the form of loans and 3 billion shillings will be allocated for scholarships for the top-performing students. in science subjects.

“Overall, for the year 2022/23, a total of 205,000 students will receive a loan of 570 billion shillings and 500 students will receive a scholarship of 3 billion shillings. More qualifications and criteria for the scholarship will be soon to be clarified by the ministry, but peak performance would be key,” he said.

To get this scholarship, Professor Mkenda was of the view that a student must have excelled in science subjects through the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (Necta) examinations, as well as apply to study Science, Engineering or medicine and be admitted to a university.

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“This type of student will be sponsored whether the parents are able or not,” he said.

Professor Mkenda explained that for the financial year 2021/22, the Higher Education Student Loans Board (Heslb) was aiming to raise 182 billion shillings, of which as of June 30, 2022, a total of 183.8 billion shillings had been collected.

“These collections are equivalent to 32.2% of the government’s budget for student loans in 2021/22. So, with this trend, there is still work to be done…”, he advised. In a further step, streams of Kiswahili and translation studies that were not included in the group of priority subjects in the allocation of higher education loans, will be officially prioritized from the academic year 2022/23.

“In this year’s loans, sixth-year graduates who will study Kiswahili and translation at university will be placed in the first group of preferred studies (physics, chemistry and biology) in the allocation of loans. .”, did he declare.

“Our goal is to have more translators, people who can speak fluent Kiswahili and English, fluent Kiswahili and French, fluent Kiswahili and Chinese so that we can go out into the world and spread Kiswahili under our responsibility,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the handbook launched, from July 12 to July 18, 2022, the guide will be officially published on the website (www.heslb.go.tz) and (www.moe.go.tz) for applicants to read and understand it.

From July 19 to September 30, 2022, the online lending window will be open for 70 days to receive applications this way. Also from July 20 to September 30, 2022, the implementation of educational programs for loan seekers is expected to take place at 19 national service camps through various platforms.

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