Innocent Bashungwa, the Minister of State in the President Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) said at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that this was due to an increase in the number of students who are supposed to join A level, while a total of 153,219 students have been selected to join high schools, teaching colleges and vocational training centres.
Out of those selected 67,541 are girls and 85,678 are boys, while 90,825 students of whom 43,104 are girls have been selected to join form five in 499 secondary schools. These include 22 newly constructed public schools, he said
Those selected include 481 physically challenged students, where 204 are girls and 277 are boys, he elaborated, noting further that those joining form five are 41,404 whereupon 17,390 will register for science subjects with a mathematics combination.
A total of 49,133 students including 25,508 girls will enroll for arts subjects, also involving language and commerce subjects, meanwhile as 1,880 students including 757 girls join the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), the Arusha Technical College and the Water Development and Management Institute (WDMI) for various courses, he stated.
A total of 2,294 students including 1,127 girls have been selected to join health colleges for degree courses and 2,627 students, of whom 1,366 are girls, join teaching colleges for a diploma in science, mathematics and information communication technology (ICT) subjects, he affirmed.
A total of 6,457 students including 3,168 girls join special teaching colleges for a certificate in special education teaching courses including English Medium learning, he pointed out, noting that 49,089 students including 18,089 girls begin various courses in colleges under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET) programme.
There is also an increase in the number of girls selected to join vocational, secondary and teaching colleges this year to 7,555 but even then the number is still small as the number of boys selected is vastly higher, he stated.
All selected students must report at the respective institutions starting from June13 to 30, as those failing to do so will be replaced by others, the minister cautioned.