Tunduru grapples with shortage of classrooms and teachers' houses

10Feb 2020
The Guardian
Tunduru grapples with shortage of classrooms and teachers' houses

​​​​​​​AUTHORITIES in Tunduru district are grappling with shortage of classrooms and teachers' houses, which remained a thorn to the education development in the country's southern district.

It is estimated that the district is in need of 89 new classrooms to meet the district's demand and the situation has forced pupils to study on double shift system, which experts say the system doesn't give enough time for pupils study effectively.

It is estimated that the district has 251 classrooms, while the actual needs is 340; hence it needs 89 new classrooms. It also needs 308 teachers’ houses. Currently, the district has 127 teachers’ houses.

 The problem is more serious for secondary school teachers. The district also faces a shortage of 1,066 teachers as the actual demand stands at 2,065 teachers.

District Education Officer (Secondary), Celestina Kahangwa admitted on the challenge, saying: “This is forcing many teachers to live outside school campus.”

He also noted that the district has a total of 24 secondary schools, whereby 22 are government-owned and two are privately owned.

“But, district authorities are working on the shortage of classrooms and teachers’ houses in the district,” he said, revealing that the district council has allotted more than 430m/- for the construction of 49 classrooms in this fiscal year.

Despite all these challenge, Tunduru District outperformed its counterparts in Ruvuma Region and became the first position in the last year’s Standard Seven national examinations’ results.

Data shows that 91.73 percent of Standard 7 pupils who sat for their Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations passed despite the district’s poor teacher to pupil ratio.

Authorities attribute the performance to learning camps that were set up for pupils during their vacations.

Despite the challenge, leaders in the district came up with a new technique of setting up learning camps.

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