PM orders audit for overseas education agents

04Sep 2018
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
PM orders audit for overseas education agents

THE Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa has directed Ministry for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training to conduct audit on all overseas education agents to establish their integrity.

Majaliwa said that it has come to his attention that some of the agencies are charging Tanzanians seeking education abroad a lot of money, much more than the required amount and do not provide the necessary services.


Speaking during a dinner hosted by the Tanzanian embassy in Beijing, and brought together Tanzanians working, studying and on visit to China, the PM said there is public outcry on poor services offered by some of the agents.


He led a delegation of over 30 government officials from both mainland and the Isle to the 2018 Summit on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).


The Premier told the meeting that there has been a lot of complaints on those agencies, noting that there could be truth on complaints of some agencies mistreating clients.


"Though these agencies help fellow Tanzanians access education opportunities abroad, they should be followed up to establish those that are out to con people," said the PM.


His statement came in response to an appeal made by the president of the union of Tanzanians studying in China, Denis Mukama who said some of the agents charge a lot of money but never bother to follow up on the students once they are admitted.


He argued that many students studying in China undergo poor treatment in the hands of those who connect them to learning institutions abroad, most of whom cut links once the students have been admitted.


"We request the government to conduct investigations on educational agencies that link students in Tanzania with higher learning institutions abroad as some of them are charging high fees but of substandard services," he noted.


During the meeting, the Tanzanian student community in China also complained to the government for lack of money to conduct researches, calling on the decision to allow the higher education students loan board (HESLB) to support them.


In his response, the PM said every student should trace how they got scholarships, saying those who sponsored their studies should be able to cover the costs of researches.

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