Education stakeholders want increased efforts to solve challenges

13Dec 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Education stakeholders want increased efforts to solve challenges

THE Tanzania Education Network (TENMET) has called on the government to help solve key challenges facing education sector despite the recently recorded improvements.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing 11th Annual Quality Education Conference (QEC) here, the organisation's Coordinator, Ochola Wayoga said there are still teething problems facing the education sector, calling on the government and other stakeholders to increase efforts in improving quality of education in the country.

He named some of the problems as congestion of pupils in classrooms, caused by increased enrolments as a result of fee-free education policy being implemented by the government.

"Increased enrolment of pupils, especially at primary schools is a very important step towards inclusive education but this should go alongside improving infrastructure," he said.

He mentioned other challenges as shortage of desks, toilets, special rooms for girl children on monthly periods, teaching and learning aids. "There are schools in the country where six pupils are forced to share one book, a situation that is not in line with efforts to improve education," said Wayoga.

He said the meeting that brought together over 210 stakeholders has among other things, discussed how best to improve the improvement of education sector in the country.

Meanwhile, TENMET Programme Manager,  Nicodemas Shauri said in the past they called on the government to increase enrolment in primary schools  but now there is need to analyse the kind of education they get.

"It is important to see whether education provided to our pupils and students is strong enough to help face challenges in the job market since there is a common hearsay that most university graduates in the country are not employable," he said.

He also argued that there is need for a national dialogue on the quality of education and why young boys and girls should go to school. He said this might help those who complete studies to employ themselves.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Education, Science and Technology Dr  Leonard Akwilapo paid tribute to TEN/MET for supporting the country's education sector, insisting that because of its contribution, the government was waiting the deliberations that would come out of the conference, so that it can be able to address the challenges that would be suggested.

 "As you continue with your efforts to improve the sector, still we are facing several challenges and I believe that your network in collaboration with scholars and other development partners will come up with recommendations that the government is ready to receive and work on them.

 He called upon other stakeholders to support the government initiatives in improving education in the country, saying the government alone cannot bring all the desired changes.

According to the PS, the government was aware of some of the key challenges facing education in the country and is doing all it takes to ensure quality education.

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