Zanzibar closer to 45 students per classroom

ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR President, Hussein Mwinyi has said that the ongoing reforms in the education sector are paying off as the isles is closer to attaining 45 students per classroom target.

Dr Mwinyi made the remarks after opening another modern secondary building at Mwembeladu area in Zanzibar. The 39-classroom new school named ‘Tumekuja’ is a symbol of success in the education reforms, where even the performance in schools have admirably improved.

“We have a new school with a computer room, lab, library and toilets after abandoning the dilapidated ‘Tumekuja’ school in Stone Town. Despite some people opposing the development, we are determined to continue and achieve our targets,” he said.

He told the enthusiastic gathering at the event that Zanzibar is on track to have five thousand classrooms to end double shifts for students, and also have efficiency in schools by ending congestion, “each classroom will have not more than 45 students.”

He commended teachers for improving performance in schools, promising to improve the welfare of all teachers so that they can work comfortably, “We are almost ending division IV and zero in ordinary level and Advanced level respectively.”

The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Lela Mohamed Mussa informed the audience that there has been a drastic increase of students who perform well in all national examinations: Standard IV, Standard VII, Form IV, and Form VI.

Eng Hamad Yussuf Masauni- Minister for Home Affairs praised Dr Mwinyi for his decision to improve the education sector, and that it is his legacy, “Parents, children, and the community should make the best use of these opportunities.”

Mr Nassor Salum Ali- Member of the House of Representatives for Kikwajuni constituency where the new school has been built said “Dr Mwinyi deserves to lead Zanzibar longer than the period in the constitution because he is doing a great job for Zanzibaris. We need to review the constitution to allow him to continue”.

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