According to her, the government had disbursed some 18bn/- in the 2016/2017 financial year for rehabilitation of state-owned old schools.
Dr Kijaji made the remarks after visiting Korogwe girls secondary school in Tanga Region which is among public secondary schools under the government’s grand rehabilitation plans.
Other schools are Ihungo, Nganza, Pugu, Same, Tabora Boys, Tabora Girls, Azania, Jangwani Kantalamba, Mpwapwa, Tosamaganga, Malangali and Milambo.
Dr Kijaji said the government has resolved to use ‘force account’ in implementing the plan. She said the aim is to empower local contractors and attain the best value for money.
Korogwe girls secondary school headmistress, Annisia Mauka said the school through the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) received 1.3bn/- for the repair of 27 school learning and teaching infrastructures such as power, water and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Mauka informed the deputy minister that they have been able to renovate 26 school structures including the 23 class rooms, laboratory, library, dormitories, toilets, dining hall, dispensary and the administration block.
She said the school has so far spent 1.05bn/- to purchase materials and 315.9bn/- for construction. She requested for government support in construction of a new dormitory which will cost 109.6bn/-. She said the school decided to construct a new dormitory after the contractor failed to repair it.
“We are planning to construct a fence to enhance security of the school properties and students”, said Mauka.
Dr Kijaji promised to support construction of the school fence in collaboration with Korogwe Member of Parliament, Mary Chatanda.