High school students in Tanzania will no longer have to pay fees in order to attend class.
Tanzania has annulled school fees for the two high-school classes of Form Five and Six, relieving more nearly 91,000 students from paying for studies.
Finance and Planning Minister, Mwigulu Nchemba told the National Assembly in Dodoma that President Samia Suluhu Hassan directed total obliteration of school fees from Primary all the way to High School.
According to the Minister, studies have shown that a number of secondary school students failed to proceed with advanced levels due to their families’ financial challenges
The new development is part of the country’s budget for fiscal year 2022/2023 that the minister tabled before the parliament.
The decision now costs the government USD 40 Million or around Tanzania Shillings, 90 billion/- in budgetary expenses.
But the removal of school fees only applies only to public institutions run by the government not the country’s private schools.
Previously, under the former President, John Magufuli, Tanzania had abolished school fees for Primary and Lower Secondary Schools that is from Standard One to Form Four.
This year, more than 56,000 students will be completing High School classes at Form Six level.
There are more than 12,000 secondary schools in Tanzania.