Speaking here at the weekend during the opening of entrepreneurship training to university graduates conducted by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) to assist them in self employment, Chalamila said the practice of prioritizing courses such as natural sciences and education force students to abandon field of their dreams to take up other fields because they are desperate for loans.
He said it would better for HELSB to dispense loans based on applicants’ academic performance from examinations they sat for without considering the fields they want to pursue.
Said he: “What they (HESLB) now do is to shift the students applying for loans from what the love to do in life to what they don’t, simply because of the new procedure. He said some of these fields have been sung by the students since they were small kids.”
Chalamila praised UDSM for initiating the training which he claimed will assist youths to start their own projects instead of waiting to be employed by the government.
The representative of training from UDSM Dr Issack Allan said many young people who are higher education graduates are in streets and do not know what to do and blame the government for their predicament.
He said the situation delays the country to attain the countries of middle income and that some of have started businesses but failed due to lack of expertise.
He said after the university realized the gravity of the problem it came up with this idea of training through its entrepreneurship section to assist the youth employ themselves and stop complaining.
He said the university conducts training from funding obtained from own internal sources and that it will take a total of nine days.
“For this year the training will be conducted in 10 regions including two from the Isles,” he said and mentioned the regions that include Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mbeya, Mwanza, Dodoma, Iringa, Lindi, Katavi Zanzibar South and Pemba North.
On his part the Ag Director of Mbeya City Council Vincent Msolla said the government has put up friendly environment for the youths with skills who want to become entrepreneurs, including loans from 10 percent of the councils’ incomes.