Tanga City Council has been urged to find solution for transport problem facing students particularly those selected to join secondary schools located far from their homes.
According to a letter written by an education activist, Sadiki Shembilu to the Tanga City Education Officer, the problem of transportation for students in Tanga city is serious and could jeopardize the future of education.
In his letter, dated February 11, this year, Shembilu requested the City Council to solve the problem because it is the one responsible for selecting schools for students with the aim of ensuring even schools in the outskirts get enough students.
“First I commend you for your programme of building schools in the outskirts…. however, I am not sure whether your department made any considerations regarding the transportation of the students who are to attend these schools,” read part of the letter.
He said he is always touched seeing students being mistreated in public transport, adding that at times it reaches 11 am and students are yet to get to school.
He cited an example of students studying at Tongoni, Kirare and Marungu secondary schools, saying to a great extent, they do not engage in studying instead they end up spending too much time on the road, adding that it is the responsibility of the city to see to it that these students get to school in time just like the rest of the students.
He argued that if the trend is to continue, there is a huge possibility that students will be tempted to engage in drug abuse, while girls might get in prostitution.
He suggested that as the City council seeks for a solution, it is important to engage parents, guardians and other education stakeholders in designing a workable strategy of which all will collaborate to implement.