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MPs ready for national service training scheme

5th February 2013
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Major General Raphael Muhuga

 At least 47 members of parliament have applied for the national service training programme scheduled to resume next month.

The MPs will join other 5000 form six students who have been enrolled as the first batch of the programme.

Speaking to The Guardian over the weekend at his office, Head of National Service, Major General Raphael Muhuga said the national service programme will start on March 4, this year after its cancellation in 1994.

“We have received names of MPs from Bunge office via the Ministry, we will treat them like other new students regardless of their political ideologies …but they will have a special curriculum which will be different from others,” he said.

He said the training will be offered to three groups in different areas such as volunteering youth from 18 to 35 years, those under the JKT’s Law and youth MPs.

Muhuga explained that the group of youth MPs will attend a special training for only three weeks, so the package of their curriculum will include essential courses and some courses will be omitted by consideration of the period provided.

However, he said the MPs group has given excuses of undergoing medical examination and age criterion; but other two groups will have to follow some compulsory regulations before beginning the training.

Answering why taking only 5,000 youth from only 24 selected secondary schools in the country while at least 41,386 students are expected to complete form six this year; he said they are not taking all students due to the JKT camps’ capacity to accommodate only 20,000 youth.

“Although many people including public servants, showed interest to join the JKT’s training, we can’t take them all, the selection of schools was done by a commission which involved ministries including the ministry of Health and Social welfare, Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) and National examination council of Tanzania (NECTA),” he insisted.

He cited the secondary  schools as; Kibondo, Musoma, Kibaha, Ilboru, Bagamoyo, Jitegemee, Tabora Boys, Nganza, Mtwara Girls, Ihungo, Kilakala, Benjamin Mkapa, Maswa Girls, Dodoma, Tumain-Singida and Galanos.   Others are Ashira, Nangwa-Manyara, Iyunga, Mpanda, Lindi, Iringa girls, Kawawa-Iringa and Ruhuwiko-Songea.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN