- Published on Monday, 10 June 2013 00:34
- Written by HASSAN SIMBA in Mtwara
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THE government, through the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, has pledged to find a permanent solution to challenges the Folk Development College (FDC) in Masasi District, Mtwara Region, has been facing to enable it effectively carry out its responsibilities to the community.
These were identified recently by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ms Kijakazi Mtengwa, when speaking to the college’s community after she had inspected it.
She said the government was going to tackle the challenges, including the shortage of staff and inadequate instruction materials and learning equipment, which negatively impact on the college’s provision of services.
Mtengwa said, however, that although the government was going to solve some of the challenges, there was a need for the college’s administration to sit together with officials of the district council to look into how of the problems could be solved at the local level.
“The ministry has provided 50 mattresses as part of the efforts to solve the college’s challenges. However, for your part, you must sit with the leaders of the council to see how you can solve some of the challenges, “said Mtingwa.
Presenting a report on the college’s activities, the principal, Mr Fredy Mwakagenda, said it had a total of 140 students, 28 of whom were female and 112 were male.
However, he said, the college had only two qualified teachers while three were volunteers. Other challenges, according to the principal, were inadequate water, few workshops and teaching materials.