In two years to come, secondary school teachers will be relieved from the current housing shortage, following the government’s plan of allocaling over 31.0bn/- to accomplish the task.
The move is expected to give a huge relief to more than 1,800 teachers across the country who are facing the problem.
“We have started constructing the houses and by 2015, we will be in a position of building more than 1,800 houses for teaching staff in more than 900 schools across the country,” said Aggrey Mwanri, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government).
He told the National Assembly here yesterday that the government is determined to end teachers’ housing shortage in efforts to create a better teaching and learning environment in the country.
Mwanri revealed this when responding to a question from Solwa MP, Ahmed Ally Salum, who wanted to know the government’s strategies to end the serious shortage of houses for secondary school teachers across the country.
“We have several strategies in place to improve Primary and Secondary education in the country,” he said, revealing that since 2009/10 and 2012/13 the government has dished out 13bn/- to all district councils in the country for teachers’ housing construction.
He noted that out of the amount, more than 800m/- was allocated for Shinyanga region, of which 93m/- went to Shinyanga District Council including Solwa Constituency.
According to Mwanri, the Prime Minister’s Office has been working on building and expanding secondary schools’ infrastructures and in two years, 528 schools will have proper infrastructures including housing for the teaching staff.
“In this financial year, 2012/13, a total of 56bn/- was allocated to at least 264 schools and district councils whereby the schools are in the final stages to call for tenders. In this arrangement, Sumaye and Kituli secondary schools in Solwa Constituency will also benefit from the fund,” the minister said.
He however explained that between 2009 and 2012 a total of 7.8bn/- has been spent to refurbish school buildings and teaching staff houses in old schools.