2.25bn/- to finance free secondary school education in Arusha Region

12Jan 2016
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2.25bn/- to finance free secondary school education in Arusha Region

THE government has set aside 2.25bn/- to fund 144 run secondary schools in Arusha Region to cater for the day to day operations of the schools as the fifth administration rolls out the pledged free secondary school education.

The Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Dk Joyce Ndalichako

According to the Arusha Regional Administrative Secretary Adoh Stephen Mapunda, the money will be used to cater for school fees and the school feeding programme for the month of January.
He said the money is channeled directly to the selected 144 public secondary schools in the region as per the requirement of each school. This is shift for the traditional channeling of funds from the central government to district councils, and then to the schools.
“Now the money is directly sent to the school bank accounts to avoid any inconveniences and bureaucracy,” he said noting that the selected secondary schools are spread across seven districts in the region.
“The schools have already been handed the said amount ready for use and the school heads have also been given guidelines on the use of the money,” added the Regional Administrative Secretary.
Recently, the government released a circular detailing how the new free education policy will be implemented starting this January. The Government Circular Number 5 of 2015 is part of implementation of the Education and Training Policy 2014 as well as implementation of the promise by President John Magufuli to provide free education to all Tanzanian children from primary to secondary level.
Signed by Commissioner of Education, Professor Eustella Bhalalusesa, the directive revokes all other previous circulars that provided for various monetary contributions given by parents and guardians to public schools.
“Provision of free education means pupils or students will not pay any fee or any other contributions that were being provided by parents or guardians before the release of the new circular,’’ reads the circular in part.
Before the release of a new circular, secondary school students studying in day schools were paying 20,000/- fee while those in boarding schools were paying 40,000/-.
There were also other forms of contributions that were being paid by parents and guardians depending on decisions by school boards.

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