Mkapa made a call here yesterday when speaking at the function to mark the 25 year’s anniversary of the Silva Jubilee Monument since Salvatorian Major Seminary was established in 1993.
The seminary was latter transformed into being Jordan University College—constituent college of St. Augustine University of Tanzania.
The event involved Minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof Joyce Ndalichako and Morogoro Regional Commissioner (RC), Kebwe Stephen Kebwe, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo, Archbishop of the Dar es Salaam Diocese of the Catholic Church, Bishop Telesphore Mkude of Morogoro Diocese, and other delegates from Vatican.
Mkapa said that it’s paramount for higher learning institutions to provide quality education so as to improve people’s livelihoods taking into account that education is fundamental factor for development in any country.
The former president however suggested the need for university management to charge reasonable fees so that more people get education, noting that most students come from poor families.
Apart from lauding Jordan University College for meeting requirements as per Tanzania Commission of Universities (TCU), Prof Ndalichako said that in this fiscal year the government has increased budget allocation to the Higher Education Students' Loans Board (HESLB) from 500bn/- to more than 3bn/-
The idea, she said is to ensure that more students benefit from the loans and get quality education.
For his part, Bishop Mkude said that Jordan University College was established to provide higher education geared towards preparing African scholars and leaders.
It was transformed from Salvatorian Institute seminary oriented into Jordan University College as an open higher learning institution purposely to contribute more effectively to the local church by preparing candidates to the priesthood and, in view of the Tanzania Development Vision 2025, to offer academic programmes designed to solve problems of society and contribute to the development of the country.