New education curriculum considers ICT skills – Govt

THE ongoing review of education curriculum goes along with plans to equip students with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills, the government has said. The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology Prof James said on Tuesday that equipping students with ICT skills would help the country to match with the global technological transformation.

“As part of efforts, we have put a strategy to ensure the ongoing review of the education curriculum covers the development of ICT for students,” he said during the African Youth dialogue with Chinese astronauts held through a video link at the Embassy of China.

Prof Mdoe said the government was taking relevant measures to ensure the number of scientists was increasing in the country for the nation to have enough human resources in the science field.

He added that the just concluded Population and Housing Census (PHC) would also enable the ministry to establish the actual reality on the ground that needs government intervention for effective improvements in the education sector.

“We shall have data that will lead the government to make proper decisions on what to do in order to ensure more students develop interest in the science field for the sake of meeting the future demands,” he said.

He also commended the government of China for supporting young students in Tanzania in science fields. China’s support would encourage more of students to become scientists, he said.

Speaking during the event, the Ambassador of China to Tanzania, Chen Mingjian said Chinese scientists were willing to conduct research on space travel and exploration of outer space along with their Tanzanian and other African counterparts.

This, according to her, is in line with the declaration issued by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2021 that China will help to establish and build China-Africa Satellite Remote Sensing Application Cooperation Centre for African countries.

“After all, universe exploration invites the cooperation of all mankind and works together,” she said.

She also noted that China and Tanzania have an extensive potential for cooperation in future space exploration and will certainly encourage more young generations to continue exploring for the future destiny of mankind.

“I’m encouraging Tanzanian students to do their best. I contribute to their space dream, love science and build up confidence in the country’s self reliance in innovation,” she noted.

The event was also attended by 60 teachers and students from various schools in Dar es Salaam.

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