Daily News ABOUT 70,000 students are likely to miss examinations or expelled from universities as the Higher Education Students Loan Board (HESLB) has run out of funds to finance tuition fees and field allowances. Sources told the 'Daily News' that the government in 2009/2010 was supposed to give the loans board 189bn/- but had so far disbured only half of the amount which covered food and accommodation, while funds for tuition and field allowances are yet to be released. "The amount was disbursed when the universities opened last October and the funds used for food and accommodation. The balance has not been disbursed," the source said. The sources expressed fear that delay in disbursement of the remaining amount might create crisis as some universities are about to start examinations. Information had it that already some universities have cautioned their students that they would not be allowed to sit for the examinations until the monies are paid. "We have everything ready on paper in terms of written cheques, but cannot do anything with them because there is no money in our account," the board's Assistant Director for Information, Communication and Education, Mr Cosmas Mwaisobwa, confirmed to the 'Daily News' yesterday. Mr Mwaisobwa said that the government usually provides the board with money in lumpsum but it had not yet done so, adding that however the board was ready to receive any amount this time. He explained that the board depended wholly on the government to facilitate loans for tuition, accommodation, food and field allowances to students in higher learning institutions. The Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Mustafa Mkulo, said his ministry does not issue loans directly to the board and instead channels it through the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MEVT). Efforts to reach the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Professor Jumanne Maghembe and his deputy, Ms Gaudensia Kabaka by phone proved futile. Last year 197.3bn/- was requested from the government to cater for only 65,000 students (continuing and new first years) in the next academic year. During the academic year (2008/09), HESLB had requested 140.3bn/- but only 117bn/- was approved by the government forcing St Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) to admit only 950 from 6,000 students who had applied. Dar es Salaam University admitted 5,380 instead of 6,500 who applied, while Bugando University College of Health Sciences admitted 60 students against more than 100 applicants. And only 350 students were sponsored at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). My Take: This is the forth year, the same bunch of failed leaders at HESLB, working the same way, giving the same excuses, protected by the same government and harming the same students! But, we are expecting different results! are we so incapable of solving even the most easier problems? Do you really the problem is money? Just like ATCL, just like Tanesco, just like UDOM, just like.... Ngoja CCJ ije.. tutawatia pingu wote!