Education: Minister targeting review of syllabus, 1978 Act

05May 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Education: Minister targeting review of syllabus, 1978 Act

​​​​​​​THE government is set to make major changes in Tanzania’s education system aimed at drawing up relevant content and producing competent outcome.

Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako.

The Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako told the National Assembly in Dodoma yesterday that one of the tools for the change is the country’s education and training policy formulated in 2014, to provide ideas for review and rewriting the National Education Act of 1978.

Tabling estimates of the ministry for the next financial year, she said the government will look into syllabuses to ensure that teaching and learning take place in accordance with the demands of the fast-changing world.

The government will also improve vocational education in the financial year 2021/22 by strengthening practical learning in technical secondary schools like Iyunga, Ifunda, Tanga, Bwiru Boys, Musoma, Mwadui, Moshi and Mtwara, the minister noted.

In the next financial year, the government will give more weight to subjects such as agriculture, technical education, work skills, sports and commerce both in primary and in secondary schools, she stated.

The government shall work to attain recommended standards for learning, like teacher-student ratios, easy access to learning and teaching materials, and a conducive learning environment generally, she affirmed.

The review of syllabuses will take place at all levels to ensure that the contents produce skills that are relevant in the modern world, while seeking to accommodate recommendations from various education stakeholders also pursuing the same goals.

Recommendations of the parliamentary subsidiary legislations committee on improvement of the Tanzania Teachers' Professional Board shall also taken into account in reviewing the Act, the minister noted, also referring to the president’s remarks on the board in her May Day speech at the weekend.

The scheduled changes comes after years of calls by education stakeholder for restructuring the education system, many saying it is outdated and produces irrelevant or half-baked products from primary to university level.

A recent recommendation was issued by HakiElimu, a non-governmental organization in the sector, where it said last week that there is need to form a National Education Commission to oversee a restructuring of the entire learning system.

HakiElimu made a penetrating analysis of ETP of 2014 saying it is the kind of education the country needs, which thus calls for establishing a national body of education, like a commission to oversee the entire education system.

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