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`More effort needed to get students to take science`

21st February 2013
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While the nation is still in shock over the unbelievably poor performance of last year’s Form Four students which was one of the worst in NECTA’s history students are being encouraged to pursue science subjects in a bid to address the shortage of local professionals and experts in science related fields.

Mwanza Regional Education Officer (REO) Hamis Maulid was speaking during an Airtel donation hand over event held over the weekend. What is the value of the books?

Three secondary schools in the region were the beneficiaries of the book donation from the mobile service giant that was one of the few that refused to lower their interconnectivity rates to ease the financial burden to their clients most of whom are ironically the guardians to these children and can on average not even afford to buy text books and have to rely on such sporadic and unreliable donations as they come at a time and when the donor pleases.

Nonetheless, the REO expressed gratitude for the much needed donation stressing that education is the key to the Nation’s development reiterating that in this era of science and technology the need to expand expertise in the related fields is paramount.

To accomplish this, the REO is of the opinion that the Nation must invest in the students and nurture their development, education and safety for it is they that will make up the Nation’s workforce in an ever growing economically competitive world.

Speaking at the ceremony, Airtel’s CSR Manager, Ms Hawa Bayumi underscored the company’s unwavering commitment to complimenting the government’s efforts to improve education in the country.

 “…we recognise the many challenges faced by the education sector in Tanzania that has led to poor performance particularly in science subjects...” Bayumi lamented and pledged continued growing aid to more schools.

Expressing appreciation, the Head Teacher of one of the three beneficiary schools, Kebelezo Secondary in Sengerema District, Mr Thomas Muswaga, thanked the company and pointed out that lack of adequate text books has been one of the most pressing challenges the school was grappling with and the donations.

Under it “Our school” programme the company is set to provide text books to some 93 secondary schools across the country as of now, over 900 schools in Tanzania have benefited through the programme.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN