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Teacher shortage persists, students now lecturing

13th February 2013
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Moshi Municipal Executive Director, Bernadette Kinabo

Kilimanjarp region is reported to be facing an acute shortage of teachers so that they are now using volunteer teachers but surprisingly the region has been forced to resort to employing Form 6 leavers to teach the very classes they just graduated from.

Not only the number of teachers disturbingly insufficient, but also the few assigned teachers have apparently not reported to their places of work across the region. In a report published last by The Guardian, teachers were reportedly avoiding areas where the community apparently mistreats them but it was not reported as to whether that was the case in Kilimanjaro.

The region has only 215 public secondary schools and also a fear to an entire generation of students passing through ward secondary schools may miss opportunities to enter science related fields.

When interviewed by The Guardian yesterday, Moshi Municipal Executive Director, Bernadette Kinabo confirmed the direness of the situation asserting the long term effects it will have across the nation.

“…it is severe and the shortage affects the quality of education offered …this will haunt the nation for years to come…” Kinabo lamented.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN