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Giving students hope

Giving students hope

We feel we are duty bound to provide equal opportunities to let children prove their worth,” the school’s Manager, Ms Isabella Sandi, told the Daily News in an exclusive interview.   She explained that the school’s vision is to become a model in provision of quality of education in Tanzania while its mission is to initiate, promote and develop infrastructure for provision of secondary education to  needy children and youths from less privileged families in Tanzania.  

Working under the motto, ‘Another Chance to Excel,’ the school  launched ‘A’ Level classes and students who have finished  the school and have joined universities and other higher institutes of learning, according to  Sandi.  

Founded in 2007, the co-educational day and boarding school,  it is situated at Bomang’ombe township, about three kilometres off Moshi-Arusha highway along the road heading to Sanya Juu. "Our students have performed well both in the regional and national examinations.”  

The school’s manager said, “We found out that much as most students were thirsty for education, their parents could not afford to pay the required tuition and boarding fees,” Sandi said.   The school depends  on well-wishers for support  and donations from the school's management who have been working hard to look for funds to compensate for deficits.   “The growth of the school has been very slow due to this underlying problem of the lack of adequate finances.” Sandi pointed out, that the prompt payment of school fees  is hampered by the poverty of the parents who want to educate their children but lack the money. 

 According to the school’s Headmaster, Mr Christopher Maeda, the school had planned to have in place an Ordinary Level section but it has not been possible due to high costs involved in having in place a laboratory which is one of the pre-requisites.   However, the school provides tuition opportunities for students who wish to re-sit for the national O Level  Examinations with the view to improve their subject combination before continuing to the advanced level.  

Mr Maeda said the school is scouting for material and financial support  to set up the laboratory which will be of great help to Isalu students and local schools in the area.   “Isalu High School is the only A-Level School that we have in Bomang’ombe, in Hai district, thus there is a high demand for science related subjects, but we are unable to cater for them due to lack of laboratory facilities,” he noted.  

Reviewing the School’s academic performance, Mr Maeda said due to availability of qualified and dedicated members of the staff, the students’ performance has been very impressive and encouraging.  

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Author: PETER TEMBA

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