Students protest over unregistered courses

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Riot police trying to keep the peace

 

DAR ES SALAAM- For the second day police have beefed up security at Kampala International University (KIU) Dar es Salaam Campus as students boycotted classes demanding official clarification on claims they were pursuing unregistered courses.

At least 5000 students under the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences boycotted classes since early Monday, claiming they were pursuing unregistered courses, yet the institution’s authorities remained tight-lipped.
Kampala International University (KIU) Spokesperson Kenneth Uki told reporters that there were some courses which were running without full registration.

In early 2013 the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) warned KIU Dar es Salaam campus over its plans to admit Masters and Doctorate students, saying the institution was not qualified for the undertakings.
However Uki said the institution had made efforts, which include submitting the required documents to the ministry of health and social welfare to endorse the courses.

Also, other officials at the university said Wednesday morning that the matter was being addressed and a team had been commissioned to meet with the ministry of health officials to deliberate on the way forward.
But KIU student organisation education deputy minister Fadhilina Kasimu said that the situation at the institution was still critical.

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Gongo la Mboto, District Commanding Officer, JCN Simba addressing rioting KIU students in Dar es Salaam

It’s not about medical students; it’s about the entire students, she said explaining that all classes stopped just after the group started demanding their fundamental rights.
“This means we’re wasting our time and money,” Martine Suga a medical student at KIU said adding “We’re worried over our future.”

Another student in the same faculty told this website on condition of anonymity that “I hope the management should stop politicizing everything and get the matter cleared.”

Field Force Unit had been patrolling the scene since Friday and Dar es Salaam police special zone head of criminal investigations Constantino Masawe said the police were working to ensure peace and security prevails at the campus.