TESP improves infrastructure in Butimba Teachers College

TEACHERS Education Support Project (TESP) worth 467m/- at the Mwanza-based Butimba Teachers College in Nyamagana District has been completed.

TESP at Butimba involved construction of two science laboratories for Physics and Chemistry, as well as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) room.

The Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Adolf Mkenda, said this week during inauguration of the new buildings at the college that, President Samia Suluhu Hassan is committed to improve education sector in the country through various investments.

“Butimba is one of 35 public teacher colleges in the country, which have a total of 22,035 students, producing about 11,000 graduates every year,” said Prof Mkenda, adding that

the recent provision of tablets to all primary and secondary school teachers was part of the plan to improve the education sector.

“The devices have been donated for improving teaching in the schools,” he reiterated.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Huruma Mgeni, said that the newly installed TESP buildings at Butimba have capacity to accommodate 130 students, each.

He further explained that, TESP implementation has been implemented through force account approach and similar projects have been carried out at other teachers’ colleges in Kigoma, Tanga, Morogoro, Mpwapwa, Arusha and Mbeya regions.

The projects have been taking place since 2017 and will end up in 2025, according to him.

Mwanza Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Adam Malima said that the two available teachers’ colleges in the region, namely Butimba and Murutunguru have received 1.4 bn/- and over 369 m/-, respectively, within a-two-year period of President Dr Samia Suluhu Hasan in office, for various improvements.

The funds were used for construction of a females’ dormitory at Murutunguru in Ukerewe District, with capacity of 80 students.

“There was also the construction of four classrooms at Murutunguru”, he said.

TESP project aims to improve teachers training in Tanzania and build infrastructure in teaching college. It will also help to buy Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and build laboratories.

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