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UPDATED: 17:24, June 08, 2007
Tanzania to probe into foreign student loan cheats
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The government of Tanzania has called the country's Prevention of Corruption Bureau into action after the public complained about noncitizens having forged nationality to benefit from the country's higher education loans.

Tanzanian Higher Education Minister Peter Msolla told local English newspaper Daily News that his ministry had already informed the bureau to investigate into the alleged loan cheats.

The minister said his ministry had got the tips even before the matter had hit the newspaper pages.

Only Tanzanians with straight-A academic scores are eligible for the country's higher education loans designed to facilitate their studies at the university or college.

But these loan beneficiaries still have to share 40 percent of the costs of higher education in the country.

Though the minister did not disclose which countries those cheating noncitizens are from, Tanzania has student exchange programs with its East African Community neighbors of Kenya and Uganda.

A regional immigration officer last month warned the country's institutions of higher learning of the possibility of foreign students applying for funding from the Tanzanian Higher Education Students Loan Board.

The ministry of higher education has also formed a special committee to take care of the loan cheat matter.

Source: Xinhua

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