The government has been advised to pay primary school teachers’ salaries via mobile phones particularly those living in rural areas in order to enable them concentrate on their work.
Speaking from Dodoma at the weekend the Lupa Member of Parliament Victor Mwambalaswa said, doing so would reduce the time teachers spend going for their salaries, especially those in rural areas.
He said in his constituency it took a teacher up to four days of travel to get his or her salary, which is not healthy for schoolchildren and development of education in the country.
“We have to explore the possibility of channeling teachers’ salaries through their mobile phones since most of them own handsets” he said.
Tanzania has four mobile firms which offer money services.
Mwambalaswa also said the level of education at his constituency was low and there was a need for the government to increase funding.