2020/21 Education Budget Highlights
- financing fee-free basic education, whereby 1.03 trillion shillings was spent from 2015/16 to 2019/20;
- construction and rehabilitation of learning and teaching infrastructure including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and dormitories;
- increased number of students who passed standard seven and form four examinations from 67.8 percent and 67.9 percent in 2015 to 81.5 percent and 80.6 percent in 2019, respectively;
- strengthening of higher learning institutions and vocational training colleges;
- strengthening higher education through the provision of subventions to higher learning institutions and students’ loans.
- Students’ loans increased from 365 billion shillings in 2014/15 to 450 billion shillings in 2019/20. A total of 2.20 trillion shillings was spent on students’ loans from 2015 to 2020 which made it possible for more students from low-income families to acquire higher education.
- Continued provision of fee free basic education(primary to form four secondary education)whereby 211.28 billion shillings was disbursed. This effort has reduced the burden of the citizens to pay for education services, increased enrolment, and improved students’ performance at all levels. Besides, the World Bank has provided a $ 500 million loan equivalent to shillings 1.25 trillion to Tanzania for improving the country’s education infrastructure, especially for girls.
For 2020/21 the Government has allocated:
490 billion shillings for Higher Education Students’ Loans; and 298.1 billion shillings for Fee-Free Basic Education.
Source:MINISTER’S SPEECH WHEN PRESENTING TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THE ESTIMATES OF GOVERNMENT REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE FOR 2020/21