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Over 2,940 new teachers abscond from govt schools

14th April 2012

More than 2,940 teachers who were employed this year have not reported to their working stations, it has been revealed.

Deputy minister for Regional Administration d Local government (Education) Kassim Majaliwa told the House when answering to a supplementary question by Amosi Makala , member of Parliament for Mvomero (CCM) who wanted to know how many teachers had been employed and reported to their respective schools.

The MP was referring to some schools located in his constituency which were lacking teachers.

The deputy minister said the government employed 9,229 teachers last year

(2011) and it had three times last year’s  number this year (2012) to the tune of 24, 621 teachers of primary and secondary schools combined.

He said out of the teachers employed this year 13,242 teachers were for secondary schools and 11,379 for primary schools.

“By March, this year, a total of 21,681 teachers had reported to their working stations and had started teaching,” he said.

He said out of the teachers who had reported to their stations, 10,491 had reported to primary schools and 11,190 to secondary schools.

The deputy minister said further that the ministry was still working on employing more teachers to cover the deficit that the sector was facing in various parts of the country.

Previously the Rukia Kassim Ahmed (Special Seat –CUF) had said in her a basic question that Kondoa district was facing serious shortage of teachers, laboratory facilities   and students and some few teachers were living in difficult conditions.

She wanted to know how the government could assist children schooling in secondary schools located in the district and, in particular, Kolo Secondary school which had no teachers so far.

The deputy minister said the government was aware of the children's right to education.

“We have been ensuring that children have access to education, including those at Kolo secondary school,” said Majaliwa.

He said the government had been posting teachers to various schools and had been improving schools’ infrastructure.

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