Hail the new basic education initiative

Hail the new basic education initiative

Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, an academic who worked as a university lecturer and a higher education ministry permanent secretary before joining politics, also agrees that it is the best system. Dr Bilal said when launching the project in Mtwara that the public should adopt and accept it so that it can be used.

Initiatives like this are what have made Tanzania education stand out as the best in the region. There is no doubting that the Tanzanian education is the best in the region. The latest statistics by the Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) indicate that the country’s education structure was the best compared to other countries.

Basing on statistics, Dr Bilal said that Tanzania was among the best 15 countries that performed well in mathematics, among other subjects. It was also the best in education research, a backbone of any university education, which gives us the optimism that our education is on the right track.

And as a sign of its universal acceptability, the project is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the information and technology system. The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, said the project would help in the development of primary education, while the US Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Alfonso Lenhardt, also echoed the sentiments, saying the project would develop the current and future generation.

Now that we have a very good system, it is up to parents, local governments and central government to nurture and ensure it achieves its intended objectives. Primary education is a foundation for higher education and when the foundation is strong, no doubt the whole structure bottom up will also be steady.

For a long time our primary education has been poor, prompting well-off parents to take their kids abroad, which drains the country of resources that could be used to improve the schools here. It is therefore imperative to use the new system to improve the education at primary level so as to win the confidence of the parents, who otherwise export money to outside countries.

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