Daniel Msangya 13 June 2011 [HR][/HR] [TABLE] [TR] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [TD="class: share_item"][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] A total of 1,200 students out of 1,602 from higher learning institutions will be paid Sh389 million as field allowances, it was reported here yesterday.The deputy minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Phillipo Mlugo, told Parliament that they include students from the University of Dodoma (Udom) and St Augustine University of Tanzania (Saut). He said the government has approved a request from the students to increase their daily substance allowance from Sh5,000 to Sh10,000 each as a result of increased living costs."The government has received the request, and the amount would be increased in the 2011/12 budget as the current amount paid was allocated in 2007 and has not been reviewed up to now," said Mr Mlugo. He further told the house that the delay in processing applications for allowances and loans from students was caused by a number of reasons. These include poor communication between the colleges, universities and the Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB) as well as the flow of financial procedures from the Treasury, he explained. However, he said the government has been making a close follow up. It has also taken precautionary measures and warned that officials delaying payment to students would be disciplined.He said all financial institutions dealing with students' loans have been instructed to improve communication to reduce unnecessary delays. Further, Mr Mlugo went on, in an effort to improve the payment of loans to students of higher learning institutions, the government formed a commission to review the system.The team has completed its task, he said, noting that it had already handed over its report with recommendations. He was answering a question from Mr Felix Mkosamali (Muhambwe, NCCR-Mageuzi) who asked an explanation on disciplinary measures taken against officials who have delayed paying the students' loans purposely and action taken to change the whole system.