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IMTU students plan peaceful march to Pmo

23rd February 2012
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

International Medical and Technological University (IMTU) students plan to stage a peaceful match to Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda to pressurise the government to act on their claims of relocating them to other universities in the country.

This has come after the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training’s endless promises to address their grievances.

Speaking on behalf of other students in Dar es Salaam yesterday, IMTU students’ organisation Minister for Education Mwita Waibe said they were tired of the endless promises from the ministry.

He said the ministry on Monday through deputy permanent secretary Selestine Gesimba told them that the ministry was working on a statement released by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) before taking any further action.

“The deputy permanent secretary told us to come at the ministry two days after and the time ends today (yesterday) but nothing has been done. We have only one option to march to the PM to express our grievances,” he said.

Waibe explained further that, according to academic schedules a number of universities were doing their first semester closing examinations thus challenging that any delay of the ministry or the government on relocating them would interfere with the coming semester scheduled to start next month.

“We are in a dilemma because discussions between the ministry and the TCU ended leaving the issue to be determined by the ministry but to date nothing has been done,” he said.

A survey carried out by The Guardian has found that over 50 students have arrived, while others are approaching the area.

Until yesterday afternoon, the deputy permanent secretary had arrived at the ministry and talked to top students’ representatives, who also promised to have been preparing a draft proposal relating to the matter, which would be addressed to the minister for further action.

Speaking with the ministry’s public relations and communication officer Magdalena Kishiwa said the top ministry officers were not at their office.

She said: “What I could suggest for you is to write down your questions and when the responsible officials come, it will be easy for them to prepare reasonable answers for you.”

In October last year, IMTU students’ organisation (IMTUSO), the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB) and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training signed an agreement to end a two-month boycott at the university, who were demanding for the college to change its fee structure from paying in from dollars to Tanzanian shillings.

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