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Tanzania education regulator bars 19
universities from admitting students       

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) said on Tuesday it has barred 19 higher learning institutions from admitting students in the 2017/18 academic year after they had failed to meet conditions.

TCU said in a statement that it has also suspended 22 universities from admitting students in 75 courses.

The statement signed by the TCU acting executive secretary Eliuther Mwangeni said the decision was made following an inspection of higher learning institutions across the east African nation conducted by the commission between September and October last year.

The statement also named some of the universities that have been barred from admitting students as Ekenford Tanga University, Kenyatta University in Arusha, United African University of Tanzania, International Medical and Technological University (IMTU), University of Bagamoyo and St Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences.

Others were Archbishop Mihayo University College, Cardinal Rugambwa Memorial University College, Kampala International University Dar es Salaam College, Marian University College and St John University of Tanzania Msalato Centre.

Also there were St John University of Tanzania Marks Centre, St Joseph University College of Engineering and Technology, Theofilo Kisanji, Tumaini University Mbeya Centre and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMC).

The decision will not affect continuing students, said the statement.



WFP launches plan to empower 250,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday launched a four-year plan aimed at empowering over 200,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

The plan was aligned with the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development that aims at ending poverty, reducing inequality, tackling climate change and ensuring sustainable agriculture and food security, said the WFP in a statement.

The statement said the plan will involve improving market access for 250,000 smallholder farmers while overseeing a multi-sector nutrition program for 185,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under two, and providing food assistance to over 300,000 refugees. 

Mbaazi Msuya, the Director of Disaster Management in the Prime Minister’s Office, said the WFP’s new plan provides the government with the opportunity to identify priority areas aimed at reducing the impact of shocks to vulnerable populations to enable them become more resilient and more food secure.

“The plan lays the foundation for WFP’s work in Tanzania while ensuring maximum value as we work with the government to attain the SDGs and reach middle income status by 2025,” said Michael Dunford, WFP Tanzania Country Representative.

Emergencies and food assistance remain a core focus of WFP’s work in Tanzania with more than 85 percent of its four-year 455.7 million U.S. dollars budget allocated to support some 310,000 refugees and their host communities in north-western Tanzania, said the statement.


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