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Speaker, team okay curriculum

8th February 2013
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James Mbatia

 The NCCR-Mageuzi national chairman, James Mbatia yesterday maintained that Tanzania has no Formal education curriculum and that the one presented to the National Assembly by the Education and Vocational Training minister, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, is ‘cooked’.

In the controversial turn of events, the opposition party leader rejected the document despite the Speaker of the National Assembly, Anne Makinda ruling that it was genuine and ready to be handed over to the MPs.

On Monday, Deputy Speaker, Job Ndugai formed a team of six MPs and tasked them to review the legitimacy of the document ahead of distribution to the parliamentarians.

The team which involved Margareth Sitta (CCM), Bernadetta Mshashu (CCM), Jabil Marombwe (CCM), Khalifa Khamis (CUF), Israel Natse (Chadema) and Yahaya Kassim Issa (CUF) were supposed to and did submit the findings yesterday in the House.

“…after going through the document, the selected team submitted their findings…the document is genuine…” Speaker Makinda told the House.

The report findings were positive and the document was approved by the team to be distributed to the MPs as directed by MP Mbatia, when he moved his motion in the house last week.

Mbatia wanted the House to discuss the presented document at yesterday’s session but was denied by the chairperson Mussa ZunguAzzan.

So Mbatia resorted to propagating his allegations outside the House chambers calling the document ‘cooked’ and not only implied foul play but bluntly called the document ‘fake’. He pointed out evidence of his inclination as the document lacked the International Standard Book Numbers as all curriculums should.

Also, the persistent MP pointed out that the document was supposed to be signed by the Education Commissioner but the presented document, according to him, had ‘no official signature’.

The MP did however have a valid query when he questioned the title of the document which made reference only to the Tanzania Mainland and did not mention the isles.

“Zanzibar secondary school students do the same exams with those from the Tanzania mainland…this is not a genuine document it doesn’t account for the Zanzibaris…”

In his own defense, Minister Kawambwa maintained that the document is a genuine curriculum but did not address the questions raised by the disputing MP, like the lack of an official signature, lack of the International Standard Book Numbers and the document’s title that left out the mention of Zanzibar.

“I have been in this sector for years, I know what I am doing…this is a genuine curriculum…” was Kawambwa’s response when reached with questions outside the debating chamber.

Mbatia who is a nominated MP, moved a private motion in the House last week calling for the formation of a parliamentary select-committee to probe the education deficiencies in the country.

 He pointed out that since independence, the country has not developed a formal education curriculum and went on to ask the responsible minister to do so and submit copies of the document to the House.

The motion was however rejected with the government explaining that it was already drafting a new education policy that would address the MP’s concerns.

The document in question would have been developed soon after independence in 1961 to serve as the nation’s education curriculum it was then reportedly reviewed in either 1997 according to Mbatia or 1998 as is the document that the Minister presented and then it was again reviewed in 2005. MP Mbatia swore last week to resign if the Minister was to present the nation’s curriculum.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN