Government will start offering education loans to students of science courses at universities and colleges to increase the number of medical personnel in the country. President Yoweri Museveni disclosed this yesterday at the official opening of Kampala International University Ultra Modern Teaching Hospital and Research Centre in Bushenyi. He said the loan scheme will be available for students at both government-funded and private institutions of higher learning, In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Muhammed Ndaula, said many medical students are dropping out of school because of the high course costs. He noted that the governments of Kenya and Tanzania provide loans to their students to enable them obtain quality education, an example, which he said Uganda can learn from. President Museveni said the student loan scheme is part of government's wider education plan. He however said government cannot fulfill all the demands of the education sector and commended the proprietor of Kampala International University, Hassan Basajabalaba, for investing 80 billion shillings in the teaching hospital. Museveni said that his support for Basajabalaba, who has been implicated in several shoddy business deals, is often misconstrued. He said he supports the hides and skins tycoon because he is making a valuable contribution to the development of Uganda. He called on the people of Bushenyi to help him in fighting people who are against entrepreneurs like Basajabalaba. Basajabalaba asked government to consider relieving educational institutions of their tax burden. He said the taxes being levied on the university have put it under immense strain. Richard Nduhuura, the State Minister for Health, said Government will give Kampala International University 300 million shillings each year to support the teaching hospital and research center.
Updated: 21 Mar, 09:0309:03
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