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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Private school operators for Education Act review

16th May 2012

Tanzania Association of Managers of Non-Governmental Schools and Colleges (Tamongsco) has called on the government to review the Education Act of 1978 to enable them invest more in the sector.

At their national executive committee which met yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Tamongsco chairperson Marc Mringo said the government had isolated them compared to services they offer to private higher learning institutions.

“We want the government to amend the Education Aact of 1978 to give us the freedom to provide sustainable services to students,” he noted.

He said the Act was one-sided since payment of taxes was only for private schools while both private and public schools offer the same education.

The  members were discussing challenges facing private schools in the provision of education to Tanzanians and see how they could be presented to the responsible ministry  in order to improve collaboration between the schools and the government.
Mringo said that the government was yet to invest effectively in private schools like it did in private universities.

For her part, chairperson of the Zanzibar Association of Private Schools (ZAPS) Jamila Jaffari said the government should collaborate with private schools so they can provide better education to the students.

She said private schools were highly taxed, adding that if the government improved its collaboration with the schools the quality of education would improve in the schools.

The operator of Tusiime Secondary School Albert Katagira said the government should look into ways of helping private schools and work on challenges the sector faces.

He said, “The quality of education in Tanzania is gradually increasing, but the situatio could be improved if the government worked on challenges we are facing, such as the Education Act.”

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