THE government has spent 29bn/- for the construction of dormitories in public schools since 2014, the Deputy Minister of State in the President’s office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Josephat Kakunda told the Parliament here yesterday.
He said the government will keep its focus in the construction of dormitories in Advanced level secondary schools and Ordinary secondary schools which are lined up for upgrading to high school level.
He gave the comment when responding to Catherine Ruge (Special Seats- Chadema) who wanted the government to come up with a special move of constructing dormitories in all ward public schools. Ms Ruge said majority of students, especially girls, have been walking for long distances to reach their schools, where some drop mid-way as some parents opt to rent houses for them in unfriendly environments.
The Deputy Minister said the government has spent 29bn/- for the construction of 298 dormitories in a period of four years. In the 2018/19 financial year, he said the government has set aside 15.7bn/- for the construction of 206 dormitories in secondary schools and four in special primary schools.
He used the occasion to call upon district and municipal councils to team up with the public to see how best they can construct hostels in ward secondary schools which are in remote areas so that the students can be rescued from walking long distances to schools.
Mr Kakunda told Parliament that the government owns 3,634 schools in Tanzania Mainland, of which 3,519 are day schools and 155 boarding. He said countrywide, there are 4,420 wards; therefore it is obvious that there are other areas where students have to walk for a long distance to reach the schools.
Mr Kakunda said they have no reason not to register schools as long as they meet all the criteria set by the ministry of education.