PRESIDENT Hussein Mwinyi has laid a foundation stone for the construction of Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial University buildings for Pemba Campus, stressing that education remains one of the priorities of his government.
Speaking during the event held at the site at Mtima-area, Pujini in Chakechake District, South Pemba Region, President Mwinyi said strengthening the education sector has also been emphasized in the country’s vision 2050 and Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Election Manifesto for 2020-2025.
“I thank the management of Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy (MNMA) for seeing the importance of opening its campus here in Pemba because it is the right place to establish social services, including expanding more educational opportunities for the people of Pemba and Tanzanians in general,” Dr Mwinyi said.
Dr Mwinyi said the government recognises and appreciates the great contribution made by the university, including provision of various training such as Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and Master’s degrees in different academic disciplines.
In addition, Dr Mwinyi praised the College for its great contribution in providing leadership, ethics and patriotism training to academicians and various public servants, knowledge that helps them to carry out their duties well in the government.
“We are proud that the university has the experience of producing graduates who are mature, with integrity, patriotism and professionalism, which are important resources for any employee entrusted with public service,” Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi said.
He also praised the institution for implementing various government instructions through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Union Government and the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, such as increasing the number of students and improving infrastructure of the institution.
However, he encouraged students at the college to study hard and be disciplined in order to achieve their goals as well as ensure that they follow laws of the country, rules and procedures of the College all the time they are in college.
Mr Ali Abdulgulam Hussein- Deputy Minister, Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, said the government intends to review the law so that diploma students can also qualify to get loans and join other universities.
He also thanked the government for increasing the budget, especially for the Higher Education Loan Board of Zanzibar, the situation he explained will enable many students to join colleges.
Speaking at the event, South Pemba Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Matar Zahor Masoud praised the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar for strengthening the education sector in the country, which has contributed to the good performance of schools in South Pemba Region in 2023.
“We are happy that 99.9 per cent of all the students who sat for the Form VI exams passed their exams,” the RC said as the chairperson of the Board of the college, Mr Steven Masato Wasira, thanked the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar for the cooperation it provides to the college.