26,598 teachers employed in four years

DEPUTY Minister in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) Deogratius Ndejembi has said that the government has employed 26,598 teachers, of whom 16,640 are for primary schools and 9,958 for secondary schools between 2018/19 and 2022/23.

Mr Ndejembi told the august House yesterday that the government has been providing employment opportunities to address the shortage of health and education cadres as a result of retirement, resignation, expulsion, and death.

The deputy minister made this statement in response to a basic query from Igalula MP Daud Venant, who wanted to know the government’s intention to allocate health and education personnel to his district in order to address the challenges that the populace was facing.

In response, he said for the 2021/2022 fiscal year, the health sector employed 7,736 health personnel and sent them to various areas in the country according to the needs that existed.

“Tabora Region received 565 teachers, with 301 primary school teachers and 264 secondary school teachers.” Furthermore, the government allocated a total of 265 employees to the health sector, with the Uyui District Council receiving 50,” he said.

Mr Ndejembi further said PORALG has already announced job vacancies for teachers and health care staff for the financial year 2022/23. A total of 13,130 education cadre jobs and 8,070 healthcare jobs will be provided especially considering the areas with major shortages.

In response to a different inquiry regarding the government’s intention to revive the plan to expand Moshi Municipality’s area   from 58 square kilometres to 146, he said that at the moment, the government is prioritising the development of infrastructure in the current administrative areas.

He stated that many well-established authorities still lack various infrastructures, such as office space and social services.

The deputy minister said that in response to a question by Moshi Urban MP Priscus Tarimo who wanted to know the government’s plan to expand the Moshi Municipality area.

“Our office on November 25, 2015, received a request for the development of Moshi Municipality into a City by increasing the size of the administrative boundaries from 58 square kilometres to 142 square kilometres by adding villages from Moshi District Councils and Hai,” he noted.

According to the guidelines for the establishment of areas of administration of the year 2014, he said the criteria for establishing a City Council is 1,000 square kilometres and a District Council is 5,000 square kilometres.

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