The government has commended the Higher Learning Students Supporting Fund Organisation (HLSSF) for providing an alternative source of fund for higher learning students.
Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB) assistant Director for Information, Education and Communication Cosmas Mwaisobwa sounded the commendation in an interview yesterday.
He said the Fund would help many students to access grants and loans; and thereby support the country’s education sector development.
HLSSF is an independent organisation registered to support higher learning institution students with grants for funding higher learning studies within the country and abroad.
According to him, Tanzania’s education system has grown drastically from relatively simple one shortly after independence to a complex one after about half a decade of the country’s independence.
The system, he explained, has grown from only one institution of higher learning in 1961 to more than 140 tertiary institutions recently, out of which about 20 are higher educational institutions.
Hellen Muze, a first year student at the Institute of Finance Management expressed in separate interview optimism that the organisation would help them acquire grants on time so that they could pay for tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses.
Meanwhile, HLSSF director general Respicius Kamuhabwa said his institution would only offer grants and loans to qualified students.