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Number of parents sending children to study abroad decreasing – Mulugo

2nd April 2012
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Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training Philip Mulugo

The government has said the number of parents, who send their children abroad, has decreased due to the fact that the quality of education in the country has improved. “The reason for parents to send their children abroad was for mastery of the English language.

But in the country there are international schools, which teach good English and there are good teachers,” said Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training Philip Mulugo in an exclusive interview with this paper in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

He noted that the government would ensure students, who completed primary education were well equipped with requisite skills to help them do well in their studies.

“Students, who complete secondary schools should prepare themselves to enrol in universities or vocational training colleges and be able to get employment or self-employment.

The government will expand vocational training colleges to enable many students who fail to enter universities to get vocational training skills and knowledge, which will help them get employment in various institutions or industries,’ he said.

But parents say the reason for not sending their children abroad is that they will not get parental love, national culture and ethics and a local environment, which can help them do well in their studies.

Parents should invest in their children’s education and give priority to local schools, which have a good curriculum to enable students to compete well in the labour market.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Hazina International Primary School headmaster Humphrey Manoti said parents should send their children to local schools to enable them to understand the Tanzanian environment and be conversant with what was happening in the country.

“When we teach students we inculcate in them patriotism and a spirit of liking their own culture and knowing their environment. Therefore, we advise parents to send their children to local schools, which have international standards and use a curriculum used in East Africa and in other countries,” he said.

He explained that students, who studied at their school would be able to compete internationally and work in any country in East Africa and in the world in general.

“Tanzanian schools also use this curriculum. Our teachers read various books from this country, from Kenya and Uganda. We teach our students in such as way that they will be able to understand topics or questions being asked during examinations,” said academic master Lelo Lengaro.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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