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Cost sharing in higher education in Tanzania: fact or fiction?

Ishengoma, Johnson


In the early 1990's, Tanzania reintroduced a policy of higher educational cost-sharing, designed to shift some of the costs of higher education, previously borne almost exclusively by the government, toward parents and students as well as toward other non- governmental parties. This article reports research into the difference this policy has made at Tanzania's major public university, the University of Dar es Salaam ( UDSM ), with particular attention to the enrollment of privately sponsored ( ie. fee-paying) students and other changes discernable in university finances during the early years of this policy implementation. The report concludes that cost sharing in higher education in Tanzania is justified on the grounds of the sheer need for nongovernmental revenue for public higher education institutions because of declining government appropriations to these institutions, along with the dire need to expand access to higher education; however, its implementation has been lackadaisical.


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Document Title: Cost sharing in higher education in Tanzania: fact or fiction?

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Finance and Physical Resources
Country:Tanzania, United Republic of
Keywords:Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam, Cost sharing, Higher Education, Funding of Higher Education, University Finance

File Size:221 KB
Additional information:This paper subsequently appeared in In Journal of Higher Education in Africa 2004 2(2): 101-133
Date Added:19 January 2007

Ishengoma, J ( 2004 ). Cost sharing in higher education in Tanzania:fact or fiction?