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Dar taxi drivers graduate English

MORE than 80 taxi drivers in the city are proud bearers of Dar es Salaam Tourism Executive Board (DTEB) stickers, after completing English language courses at the National College of Tourism (NCT).

A trainer at NCT, Ms Perpetua Ishika, told the ‘Daily News’ that the training was designed to give the drivers a better opportunity to market their business and to attract tourism passengers.“The training progressed smoothly largely because we found that most drivers had the same level of education,” she said.

Ms Ishika added that the college had partnered with the DTEB to ensure that taxi drivers in Dar es Salaam and Tanga get the basics of how to communicate in English in their daily activities.She revealed that the college expects to start different programmes that can help employees of the industry in learning how to operate easily and develop their business in the industry.

“The improvement of welfare is something important but it comes with hard efforts in learning how to operate in standards that are required by stakeholders,” she said.She said that the college was also improving its English curriculum in order to ensure that it meets the needs of service providers and stakeholders in  the tourism and hospitality industry.

NCT was involved in a lucrative partnership recently with the British Council and the Hotel Association of Tanzania, in a quest to improve the English language spoken and written by hotel staff.“The response has been impressive. There are good numbers of employees from different hotels who have enrolled in the programme and we hope more will join,” she said.

She did, however, admit that the high level of education differences among the hotel employees has proved to be a challenge and that they were working on it.Currently, the programme is limited to the hotel employees of Dar es Salaam, but it is only a pilot project for six weeks. There are plans after evaluation to upscale, should the evaluation prove that it is a viable project.

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