The manager in-charge of the programme known as ‘Queets,’ standing for ‘Quality Education Through Experts Teachers System,’ Donatian Marusu, said the training sessions have started at Patandi Teachers’ College in Tengeru Ward of Arumeru District.
“The training will take three consecutive weeks; we target to train 200 teachers per week,” he said adding that the sessions are aimed at formulating special and friendly ways of impacting knowledge to pupils in Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions.
The ‘Quality Education through Expert Teachers System’ launched last year is rolled out to primary school teachers and also trainers and trainees from seven teachers colleges located in the northern zone.
“Our education system is good, all the subjects are relevant to modern day adaptation, the only thing left is to ensure that, lessons are delivered in friendly and easy to absorb ways in order to make learning fun and subjects easy to understand among both pupils and teachers,” Said Marusu the programme coordinator.
According to the organisers, so far the Queets training has been directly impacted to 6612 ordinary teachers and 1978 head teachers from 2716 primary schools in the northern zone as well as 21 trainers from teachers’ colleges.
In total the programme has so far trained 16,418 teachers, with others being taught through ‘School Based in Service Teachers Training,’ (SITT) and already 988,000 pupils have started receiving education through the ‘Queets,’ method.
Dr George Jidava, the Assistant Director of Primary Education from the Commissioner for Education, from the President's Office - Regional Administration and Local Government, said, it wasn’t easy to take all teachers for the training but the few of them who had the opportunity, should go back to train others in their respective work places.
He said the country was satisfied with the ‘Queets,’ on that it was cost effective and time saving way of sharpening teachers’ skills without them leaving their work places.
“Training teachers while still teaching at their respective schools is way forward in improving education as well as upgrading our teachers and with new methods aiming at making learning easy for our pupils stand to also benefit,” said Dr Jidava.
The representative from Tanzania Teachers Union, Reginald Christonsia said CWT has been transformed from the previous association which demanded pay-rise and incited protests, into a professional body advocating for its members’ development.
Mwalimu Fanuel Gabriel who teaches mathematics at Nakwa Primary School in Babati, Manyara Region said after attending previous training sessions, teaching had been made easy.
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