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Govt focuses on creating friendly learning environment

Govt focuses on creating friendly learning environment

MINISTRY of Education, Science and Technology said the government will keep on developing and creating friendly learning environment for students in schools.

Deputy Minister of the docket, Omar Kipanga said the learning environment needs better infrastructures, learning and teaching facilities as well as teachers for the students’ excellence in education.

The focus is either on the physical learning environments (institutional) like lecture theaters, classrooms, or labs and other different technologies that are used to develop a learning environment.

Moreover, he said, the government has opened up opportunities for primary and secondary education leavers who did not do well academically to either re-sit the examination or take up vocational training skills courses.

Mr Kipanga was responding to Kibaha Rural legislator, Mr Michael Mwakamo’s question on how the government accommodates secondary students who attained division four or zero in their national examinations.

Elaborating further, Mr Kipanga said there are also apprenticeships programmes have been of great advantage to youth as they are equipped with the needed skills for them to have skills for self-employment.

Ongoing initiatives in Tanzania education including the improvement of education infrastructures, policy changes, and curriculum change, and he believes that other nations will be impressed to learn from it.

He assured the National Assembly of the government of maximum cooperation with enthusiasm to solve the existing challenges in the sector to strive for better education.

Minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof Adolf Mkenda recently told the National Assembly that the government is finalising review of Tanzania Education and Training Policy (2014) and curriculum to among others; introduce vocational education in primary and secondary schools.

He said the appraisal of the documents which is scheduled to complete by the end of this year, adding that the mechanism for sitting vocational education examinations in primary and secondary schools will be prepared in collaboration with National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET).

Parliamentarians called on the government to ensure that the ongoing review of Tanzania's education policy and curriculum shifts focus from cramming to nurturing talents and imparting vocational skills.

Contributing to 2022/23 budget estimates for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the lawmakers recommended that this approach should start at primary school level so as to avoid the situation whereby pupils complete fee-free basic education (form four) which is funded by taxpayers to the tune of 24bn/- monthly but are not employable.

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Author:  NELLY MTEMA, LIDYA SHEKIGHENDA

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