Mchengerwa wants teachers distributed equally 

DAR ES SALAAM: MINISTER of State in President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government has directed Deputy Permanent Secretary under his docket in charge of education Dr Charles Msonde to ensure equal distribution of teachers in all schools under local government authorities.

The minister issued the directives on Monday after his visit to inspect how Form One students are received at Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School in Dar es Salaam as schools reopened.

He said through the tours conducted by various leaders to see how pre-primary; Standard One and Form One students are being admitted they have learnt that some schools are congested with teachers while others have very few teachers.

“I am now directing the PS in charge of education to ensure equal distribution of teachers across the country to ensure good student – teacher ratio in all schools. some schools have few students but they have many teachers while other schools with many students have very few teachers,” he said.

He added   that, every Tanzanian has a right to education and can be accessed through teachers who have been allocated by the government thus fair distribution of the professionals should be done so that teachers who are congested in urban school s to be dispatched to schools in the interior where they   have high demand.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commission Albert Chalamila   said he toured Osterbay and United Nations schools and found that more than half of the pupils have reported to schools on day one.

“At Osterbay school I found the school has more than 1,000 students but it has only 20 teachers while at Benajamin Mkapa there are 1,600 students with 100 teachers.

In 2024 the number of pupils who are expected to be enrolled in preprimary are 1,877,484 noting that until January 5 this year a total of 918,205 pupils equivalent to 48.9 per cent were registered.

For Standard One, a total of 1,191,627 pupils equivalent to 68.9 per cent of the targeted 1,729,180 children were registered while students selected to join Form One for 2024 were 1,092,960.

AS schools reopened this week for the new academic year the government said it has attained 92 per cent of the target of constructing 302 primary schools and 21.5 per cent of secondary schools in efforts to ensure smooth accommodation of the increasing number of students being enrolled in country’s schools.

Between April and June this year the government set a target of constructing 302 primary school and 228 secondary schools through BOOST Primary Student Learning Programme and Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQUIP) projects.

 

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