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DFID gives 6bn/- to revamp teachers college buildings

8th February 2013
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Philipo Mulugo

The government has admitted that teachers’ Training college buildings across the country are dilapidated and need to be rehabilitated.

Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister, Philipo Mulugo  told the House yesterday that in this financial year (2012/2013), the government is to spend 6.0bn/- to revamp the run-down buildings in seven teacher training colleges in the country.

He was responding to a question by Kilwa Kusini MP, Selemani Said Bungara (CUF), who wanted to know the amount of money allocated to revamp Kitangali Teacher Training College.

The legislator also revealed that most of the college buildings are dilapidated, together with its infrastructure.

“We are fully aware of the challenges facing Kitangali Teacher Training College and other colleges in the country and we have taken practical steps to work on those challenges,” Mulugo said, adding: “After realising those challenges, in the 2011/2012 financial year, the ministry of Education and Vocational Training through its maintenance department, rehabilitated water channels, putting up gutters in the college buildings as well as building a pit latrine of eight holes.”

He said this financial year, the UK-Department for International Development (DFID) has supported Tanzania with 6.0bn/- that will be used to rehabilitate and construct new buildings in seven Teacher Training Colleges, including Kitangali, one of the oldest colleges in Tanzania.

Mulugo explained that the amount that is to be used to rehabilitate buildings of Kitangali Teacher Training College will be known after assessing the real requirement of the college.

“This assessment is underway and is being done by experts from my ministry,” he said.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN