The status of the country’s socio-economic development, culture of not creating and sustaining professional development opportunities as well as the use of English in teaching geomatics have been cited as the key challenges facing land survey education in Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) principal instructor Ambogo Ambago told The Guardian in an interview on Monday that other challenges include handling and forecasting problems by land surveying stakeholders.
Elaborating on land surveying education, he said the challenges which need to be given priority is utilisation of Kiswahili as medium of instruction at all levels of the educational system.
The use of English as a medium of instruction limits lecturers in conveying comprehensive message to students, he observed.
Students in turn, cannot fully understand their lecturers; he said adding that English as medium of instruction will continue to make intelligent students fail exams as a result.
He said degree holders fail to communicate efficiently both in oral and written English, adding that many students pass exams by memorising materials rather than understanding.
The existing scenario contributes to the poor performance of the filed since it is run by incompetent professionals.
Also the major problems facing land surveying (LS) education and training for the construction industry touched on the abilities to attract large number of student applicants in surveying programmes, he said.
“These problems negatively affect competitive selection, employment creation opportunities with lucrative remunerations to cater for harsh working conditions on site, … and compliance to the laws and regulations guiding professional practice and the use of Kiswahili as a medium of instruction for training land surveyors,” he said.
The curriculum of Land Surveying at Geospatial Science and Technology (SGST) and regulations of National Council of Professional Surveyors (NCPS) also need regular updating to improve shortfalls to match the current changes in social–economic and technological development, he suggested.
Also close association and strong ties between Ardhi University (ARU), National Council of Professional Surveyors (NCPS), and Institution of Surveyors of Tanzania (IST) needs to be promoted for the purpose of exchange of ideas and formulating strategies for improvement, he suggested further.
He said another setback in training is the continued use of inferior and outdated land surveying instruments.
“The price of this equipment for data collection, processing, storage, management, analysis, modeling, retrieval and dissemination is very high,” he said.