-Chihoni primary school.
As of now the school has 169 students of elementary classes – Std 1 to III while those in Std IV to VII are forced to walk the distance to attend the school.
Jafo issued the directive at the weekend when inaugurating two Chiwondo School classrooms built by the constituency’s Member of Parliament Anthony Mavunde in partnership with the City Council to solve the classroom shortage.
Jafo said it was dangerous for very young pupils to continue long distances to get education as it makes many of them perform poorly in their studies while others run away.
"I direct the City’s Director to complete the ongoing classroom construction and I equally direct the Director of Education of the Ministry to increase two more classes before the start of the coming Parliamentary Budget session, and this should be the end for the students to walk long distances, as the Chiwondo School registration has to be finalized next year to enable Std IV and VII students to sit for their exams at the school which has to be registered as ‘Mavunde Primary School,” said Jafo.
On the issue of the shortage of teachers at the school, Jafo said he had directed that when permission for employment is issued, more teachers have to be employed at the school.
On his part Mavunde who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Labour, Employment and Youth said in 2015 when he was seeking votes in the constituency, the wananchi asked for a school in the area to save their children from walking long distances to the school the request which he has fulfilled.
Earlier, reading the school’s report, the Head Teacher of Chihoni Primary School said Emanuel Enock said the school has reduced truancy by 95 percent as well as increasing enrolment from 15 to 63 percent.
He appealed for more teachers including teachers’ houses as the available teachers have also to walk 20 to the school.
On his part, the Director of Dodoma City Council Godwin Kunambi said in the period of three years a total of 188 classrooms have been constructed for schools in the city to alleviate classrooms shortage.