Dodoma — Students pursuing diploma courses in line with national priority areas will soon start receiving educational loans following the scheduled amendments of the Higher Education Students’ Loan Board (HESLB) Act contained in the Written Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) No. 4 Bill of 2016.
The Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, told members of the Parliamentary Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee here yesterday that the move will allow inclusion of the diploma cadre that had been missing out on the opportunity.
“We have been issuing educational loans to students taking degree courses, but we have realised that there is a big need for diploma cadres hence the government’s intention to broaden the spectrum to include them in educational loans,” she explained.
Prof Ndalichako underscored the importance of the diploma cadre, especially those pursuing national priority courses, in pushing forward the Fifth Phase Government’s industrialisation agenda just as is the case with degree holders.