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Concern over poor quality of education

7th June 2012
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Phares Magesa

A grave concern has been raised over poor quality of education in the country, which in turn contributes to poor economic growth and retards ongoing efforts to curb abject poverty.

Speaking at the National Economic Forum organised by an organisation known, as Tanzania Professionals, in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Phares Magesa, Tanzania Professionals’ president showered praise on the government for building many schools, but faulted a serious shortfall of poor quality of education being offered by the schools.

“Over the past five years, the economy has been growing by an average of six per cent, which is one of the fastest growing counties in Africa, but our universities and colleges produce low quality graduates who become obstacles to attain the envisaged economic development,” he said.

Magesa disclosed that the government has also given special the issue of infrastructure special attention due to the fact that the country is still struggling to produce reliable electricity and poor state of transportation system, for the purpose of spurring economic growth.

Meanwhile, Magesa called for proper strategies, including formulating laws and regulations ahead of gas and oil mining to enable the people to benefit from the resources.

He pointed out that the issue of East African Community needs to be considered and discussed in details especially on how Tanzania will benefit from it, as a country.

“Basically, we cannot avoid this issue, but we need adequate preparations and need not to fast-track the process towards political federation.

Regarding unemployment amongst the youths, Magesa said the problem was sensitive today more than ever before, calling for appropriate measures to redress the situation before it’s too late.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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