Analysts Call Govt To Invest in Tertiary Infrastructure

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Education analysts have underscored the need for the government to construct more hostels and learning structures in public universities in order to give chance to many students to access tertiary education.

For instance, in this year's university selection which has been released by the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), of the 14, 083 eligible applicants, a total of only 7, 410 have been selected to six public universities representing 53 percent.

Much as this year's selection is almost half higher 3, 327 of 2021, analyst Benedicto Kondowe, feels constructing many hostels and learning structures would help to increase the intake.

"Ordinarily, any student who had met the requirements ought to have been enrolled to the different public universities that we have. So as a country, we need to work on to see to it that more and more students who are eligible, get into the university," Kondowe said.

Another, analyst Limbani Nsapato share the same views, adding that government should construct more universities and invest in Open Distance Learning (ODL).

"This is still worrisome because it means we have a large number of students who are being denied access to tertiary education even after meeting the criteria. This is amidst the fact that this new government promised to increase the intake significantly.

Nsapato added: “So this is something that we need to encourage the government to construct more universities and also the existing universities have expanded spaces so that more students can be taken," he said.

This year's selection has a gender parity of 52 percent male and 48 percent female, something analysts have hailed.

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