DAR ES SALAAM: THE National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has continued supporting the government’s efforts to improve the education sector in the country, this time it has funded Mathematics Teaching and Learning Motivation Programme in the Ubungo District, Dar es Salaam.
The programme, known as KiuHisabati, it was initiated by the Member of Parliament for Ubungo Constituency, who is also the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Investment), Prof Kitila Mkumbo.
The programme aims to improve performance in mathematics through various incentives, including awards and prizes, especially cash rewards for teachers who excel in teaching the subject.
Additionally, through the programme, students who perform well in the subject benefit from sponsorship for their academic needs when they pass to the A level education in public schools.
The award ceremony for the teachers was held over the weekend in the constituency, led by the Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Mainland, Mr Anamringi Macha.
Other attendees were senior leaders of the party and government in Dar es Salaam Region, teachers, citizens, and officials from NBC Bank led by the Manager of the Bank’s branch at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Ms Anne Mwaisaka.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr Macha congratulated the MP for devising the programme while thanking and requesting NBC Bank to consider expanding the programme to reach various areas in the country in order to benefit more teachers and students, a move he said would help boost the success rate in the subject.
“Mathematics is the foundation of all subjects in our education system. Any efforts made by various stakeholders to improve performance in this subject are supported by the party and the government as a whole. This is why we congratulate the MP for Ubungo Constituency for this great innovation and also thank NBC Bank for its sponsorship… we strongly urge NBC Bank to consider expanding this programme further,” said Mr Macha.
Elaborating on the programme, Prof Mkumbo, while thanking NBC Bank for being the main financier of the programme, stated that it involves teachers and students who achieve grade A in Mathematics and students who pass the Mathematics subject with grade A and B.
“Every Mathematics teacher will receive 100,000/- for each student who achieves an A grade in Mathematics in the National Form Four Examination. The student who obtains an A grade in the Exams will be provided with all necessary school materials, including uniforms, notebooks, and textbooks, if they enroll in a government school for A level education,” he explained.
According to Prof Mkumbo, since the start of this programme in 2020, assessments show that there has been an increase in the number of students achieving A and B grades in the constituency, but not in reducing the number of students failing Mathematics.
“This indicates that the incentive programme for teachers has been effective in motivating students to study Mathematics more. However, the challenge is still significant considering that the pass rate for the subject in the Ubungo constituency is only 11 per cent, while the national average for the subject is 19 to 20 per cent,” he added.
Speaking during the occasion, Ms. Mwaisaka stated that the bank’s support for the program is a continuation of its efforts to support government initiatives and other stakeholders aimed at improving the education sector in the country.
“In essence, our funding for this programme aims to stimulate motivation for teachers and students who have performed well in Mathematics in the Form Four National examination. As a financial institution, we are directly involved in education, including Mathematics, since our activities are mainly driven by numbers… so we also have a responsibility to ensure its prosperity,” she stated.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the teachers and students who benefited from the programme, one of teachers,Mr Michael Msembwe, from Kimara Secondary School, who led the way by achieving a pass rate of 20 students with Grade A in Mathematics in the Ubungo constituency, said that the introduction of the programme has increased the drive and motivation for teachers and students in that district, which he believes promises a better future in improving the pass rate for Mathematics in the coming years.