1,000 secondary school students never met a physics teacher - study

11Jun 2021
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
1,000 secondary school students never met a physics teacher - study

A government-led analysis in the last three months has found that 1000 secondary school students have never met and seen a physics teacher, parliament was told here yesterday.

The study also found that about 400 secondary schools with students who have never seen a mathematics teacher.
Minister of State, President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government Ummy Mwalimu said in a written response to a question from Special Seats legislator Hawa Mchafu.

The MP asked when the government will deploy science teachers to Coast region to address the shortage.

In response, the minister admitted that there was a shortage of science teachers as an investigation into the matter has revealed.

“We know the situation on the ground and we thank the head of state for giving us the permission to employ teachers this financial year which we believe will address the shortage of science teachers,” she said.

She said the government was making use of the technological development to let students learn via video classrooms in which teachers will record and send.

Earlier, National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai said the recent announced teachers’ jobs priorities should be given to science teachers including mathematics and physics.

In his preliminary question, Mbulu Urban MP Zacharia Issaay asked when will the government employ teachers in secondary schools in Mbulu.

In response, deputy minister in the President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government David Silinde said during the period beginning 2016/17 to 2019/2020 the government employed and deployed 17 science teachers and technicians and laboratory experts to various schools in Mbulu out of the 10,418 teachers who were employed during the period.

Recently, President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced that the government will construct modern science secondary schools for girls are to be built in each region starting next month.

Addressing a regional meeting for women with wide ranging national representation in Dodoma, the president said the boarding schools will have good science laboratories and appropriate equipment, noting that the aim is to bridge the wide gap between male and female science learners in the country.

Currently, the proportion between girls and boys from primary level up to higher learning institutions level is almost the same, with primary schools having over 11.2m pupils, among them five million girls.

That proportion is less than 50 percent while in the case of secondary schools, 73,370 are female students out of 160,461 students, also below 50 per cent but not far from it, while in vocational training, there were 75,194 female students out of 157,420 making it 47 percent.

In higher learning institutions, 88,579 students were female out of 200,167 which adds up to 43 percent, with the president affirming that the gender gap exists in higher education. But there are no real problems of access to primary education or secondary school level while the gap accelerates.

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