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TCU selects 31,093 for higher education programmes this year

22nd August 2011

A Total of 31,093 students have been selected to join various higher education programmes for the 2011/12 academic year.

Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Friday, Tanzania Commission of Universities (TCU) executive secretary Prof Sifuni Ernest Mchome said a selection process had taken long time because confirmation went through various stages.

“The admission process has gone through various stages and that is why it has taken so long,” he explained.

According to him, among the stages which the selection process had to pass through are capturing of applicants’ names in the central admission system (Cas), selecting them to various higher education programmes, generating a list of qualified candidates and availing it to higher learning institutions for comments before full admission with other further steps such as comments, discussions and recommendations from the joint admission committee to the commission through the admission committee for endorsement.

The total number of applicants under the TCU’s Cas for the 2011/12 was 40,150 and 31,093 applicants had been selected to join various higher learning programmes after because they had met the qualifications of the programmes they opted for.

However, Prof Mchome said unsuccessful candidates were 9,057 among them 4,013 qualified but were not selected because they had failed to meet some of the requirements of the programmes they opted for. “Because of this, the unselected ones can apply for the second round of application by August 22 without any further payments but not to the programme applied for during the first round of application for admission as the candidates did not qualify it,” he clarified.

He noted that the unqualified applicants were 5,044 who had not met minimum application qualifications for joining higher education.

In order to synchronise the two systems between the TCU and the Higher Education Students’ Loan Board (HESLB) for better management of students’ admission and the students’ loans, the TCU executive secretary said the government had decided the names of the selected be sent to the HESLB and would be published together with the list of those who would be given loans after completing the process of allocating the loans to students who had qualified them.

Prof Mchome urged all higher learning institutions to join the TCU’s Cas as it was the best way of avoiding multi-selection and it was an efficient one.

HSELB communications and education director Cosmas Mwaizoba told The Guardian that the release of the names of the students who had been qualified for the loans would be issued with regard to the calendar of the respective institution.

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