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Stranded students told to seek TCU help

Stranded students told to seek TCU help

THE government has directed Tanzanian students who were studying abroad but returned into the country following the Covid-19 and Ukraine-Russia war outbreaks, to report to the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) for consultations and further directives.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa issued the directives on Thursday, as a reminder to the students, after Hai legislator Saasisha Mafuwe (CCM) demanded to know the government’s plan to help Tanzanians, who were studying in various colleges and universities abroad to carry on with their studies.

According to the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation issued an announcement, directing all students who were studying abroad but returned home due to the unprecedented outbreaks, to report to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for further directives.

PM Majaliwa said the arrangement was crafted so that the TCU could receive details from students on the universities and the courses they were pursuing.

He said the details on the universities and courses they were pursuing abroad could help TCU to find alternative colleges or universities in the country so that they could continue with studies.

According to the Prime Minister, finding alternative colleges or universities will involve scrutinising the courses and pass marks they scored in their subjects while studying abroad to see if they match or correspond with the standards of courses offered by local colleges or universities.

 “If there are Tanzanian students who returned home due to Covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine war outbreaks and they were not aware about the plan, then they should report to TCU for further directives,” he insisted.

However, he said, if there are students whose courses are not offered in the country, they must as well report to TCU so that they are advised on the best way for them to keep on studying.

Meanwhile, the government is determined to spread the use of mobile court services in every district, to fast-track justice dispensing nationwide with special focus to the public in remote areas.

Prime Minister Majaliwa gave the announcement here yesterday when responding to an impromptu question posed by Ms Zuwena Athumani (Special Seats-CCM) on what plans are in place to ensure justice is not delayed.

Mr Majaliwa said there are a number of measures being applied by the judiciary to ensure justice dispensing is not delayed and mobile courts are among the strategies.

He concurred that there has been delay in justice dispensing as some cases take long due to a number of challenges facing the sector.

The Premier said delay in justice dispensing is prevalent in villages and hard to reach areas, thus, mobile court has been among the measures to handle the situation.

Mr Majaliwa said the mobile court system proved to be effective and productive as they have reached remote areas and the public are enjoying the judicial services.

The mobile courts, he said, has reduced cost for members of the public as some residents had to travel long to get justice, something that is being checked with the new system.

He expressed government commitment to ensure they increase the number of the mobile courts and directed the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Dr Damas Ndumbaro to work on the matter.

He said, the government commitment can well be observed in the 2022/23 endorsed budget of the Justice and Constitutional Affairs, whereas issues of mobile courts are among the priorities in the next financial year.

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