Higher learning institutions tasked to improve curricula

MINISTER for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adolf Mkenda has tasked higher learning institutions in the country to continue improving their curricula.

He also challenged them to collaborate with foreign universities to further improve the graduates’ quality to meet market demands.

He noted this on Tuesday at the opening of the 18th Exhibition of Higher Education, Science and Technology in Dar es Salaam, coordinated by the Tanzania Universities Commission (TCU) with the theme: ‘Growing the Economy in the Country Through Higher Education, Science and Technology for a Strong Economy’ and Competition’.

“Collaborate with others in the world by building productive relationships that will enable Tanzanians to gain more knowledge and skills,” Prof Mkenda urged.

“Today (Tuesday) we have signed the educational partnership between Tanzania and the government of Hungary, where there will be funding for students to study in that country.  Tanzania will also host students from Hungary to study various fields here,” he said.

Prof Mkenda said time is now for higher leaning institutions to design new programmes that are in line with market needs.

At the exhibition, the Executive Secretary of TCU, Professor Charles Kihampa said this year, the exhibition involved 83 local and foreign institutions, compared to 75 that participated last year.

The Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Albert Chalamila said that along with the revision of the curriculum, students should manage themselves properly to succeed in life.

“When young people fail in life, let’s not rush to blame the curricula because there are people who have succeeded in life without these curricula that are being revised now,” said Chalamila.

The Chairman of TCU, Professor Penina Mlama hailed President Samia Suluhu Hassan for bringing reforms in the education sector, by making it productive for the community and the nation as a whole.

“TCU will continue to improve these exhibitions so that they can become a springboard for improving education and the development of the nation by providing smart and creative graduates in the job market,” said Prof Mlama.

She encouraged higher education institutions to use the opportunity of the annual exhibition to increase efficiency and methods to face global challenges, including climate change.

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