Limited science intake capacity killing students’ dreams
The government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been encouraging students to take up science subjects, including health sciences, to enable the nation to have sufficient human resources in critical sectors. As part of its efforts, the government has allocated TZS3 billion (US$1.3 million) in scholarship grants for the 500 best students in science subjects in the 2022-23 financial year.
Although recent data from the Tanzania Commission for Universities shows that more students still prefer education and business programmes followed by medicine and health sciences, experts believe that the number of students who want to study science, including health sciences, is increasing at a breathtaking pace. However, limited capacity in colleges compared to demand for places is dashing the dreams of most applicants as many miss out, and have no option but to switch courses and programmes.
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