Best science students to get scholarships, not loans

12Aug 2017
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Best science students to get scholarships, not loans

THE government has said it will soon start offering university scholarships to students who perform with excellence in their form six national examinations in science subjects instead of offering loans, in order to motivate others.


The Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Simon Msanjila made this observation at a ceremony to award best secondary school students at a science exhibition in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

He said the measure aims to promote science subjects in secondary schools and it will enable more students to take science subjects, commending efforts by Young Scientists Tanzania (YST) to make students love science subjects.

“The government is soon going to give scholarships to students who perform with distinction in science subjects,” he said.YST was setting a good example to students to make efforts in science subjects and thus motivate more students to focus on science subjects, he said.

“We need to asses all projects with impact to the society for further development of the economy in the future,” he said.The top government official further called on YST to maintain its efforts for the future of science and technology, as without science there will be no development.

It should also help to develop research culture in schools by giving support to students to ensure that they stick to their goals, he said, highlighting the need for the government to support innovation to further students’ dreams and being realized in reality.In the event, St Jude secondary schools emerged overall winners, where their two students were awarded Sh1.5m university scholarships.

Young Scientists Tanzania Chief executive Dr Gosbert Kamugisha said over 20 awards were given to students by various categories.The award ceremony was preceded by an open exhibition involving over 200 secondary school students countrywide and 100 teachers attending.

Meanwhile, British Gas (T) Ltd, usually known as BG (Tanzania) Ltd, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc has underlined its commitment to extensively support students with practicals-based science skills to be able to take part in the industry in the future.

BG Managing Director for East Africa, Marc den Hartog made the remark at the same event, saying on the sidelines of the YST exhibition that the company believes in investing in young people as a foundation for preparing future experts in the oil and gas sector.“Young people are capable and can actively come up with scientific innovations that address challenges to the society if they will be supported effectively,” he said.

He vowed to support young people through the Young Scientists Tanzania (YST) program that provides a platform to invest their minds in innovations and to come up with a science-based approach providing solutions to socioeconomic problems.  

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