Two Private Universities sent warning letter for asking fees paid in forex

Two institutions of higher learning in the country, namely the Kampala International University (KIU) and the International Medical and Technological University (IMTU), had been slapped with warning letters for forcing local students to pay fees in foreign currency.

Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Engineer Stella Manyanya, informed the House here that the two institutions were warned after they were found to be charging Tanzanian students in United States dollars.

Eng Manyanya made the explanation in response to a basic question by Tumbatu MP, Mr Juma Othman Hija (CCM), who had complained over the tendency by some universities to charge fees in foreign currency, demanding to know whether the government had taken any action

. The deputy minister explained, however, that the varsities are allowed to make foreign students to make payments on foreign currencies, warning that the government will not hesitate to take actions against institutions forcing locals to pay in dollars and other currencies.

Section 48 (1) of the Universities General Regulations of 2013, according to the minister, prohibits the varsities from the practice while Section 48 (2) allows the institutions of higher learning to demand foreign students to make payments in other currencies.

She warned that any institution failing to abide to the regulations will face legal actions including warnings, suspension from operation and an order to stop them from admitting students.

Meanwhile, the government maintained yesterday that recruitment of employees at institutions such as the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) and the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) is based on qualification rather than where the employees come from.

Eng Manyanya made the explanation when responding to Uzini MP, Mr Salim Rehani, who had wanted to know how many Zanzibaris are employed at the two institutions.

The deputy minister pointed out that the recruitment of employees is based on competency, staff regulations and scheme of services, noting that all Tanzanians had the opportunity to get employed as long as they meet the criteria.
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