Speaking yesterday at the inauguration ceremony of a new Turkish Maarif school located in Goba in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam Ndalichako said that for the country to attain the industrial economy goal, the issue of having competent workforce is vital.
“I am aware that Turkish Maarif schools are dedicated to enhancing science and language subjects. With this aspect I am sure that Turkey and Tanzania has opened up a new chapter in preparing professionals whom will serve the country to enabling it achieve the economic targets,” she said.
The school is set at accommodating 600 students of both nursery, primary and secondary levels but the minister calls for the foundation to reconsider building a college and if possible a university in Dodoma.
She said 23.8bn/ is being set aside every month by the government to fund free education policy which was initiated in 2016. The introduction of fee free system has attracted increment in number of students enrolled in every new academic year.
“This has led to the increase of enrollment in primary school from the previous eight million students to ten million currently and for secondary school enrollment piled up to two million students from 1.6million students thanks to the initiative,” she said.
According to her, following increase of school enrollment, more educational investments are needed to be put in place by development partners and private sector in collaboration with the government.
For his part, Huseyin Sanverdi, a Member of Parliament from Hatay district in Turkey, said that the foundation is a Turkish government’s initiative established under the Turkish National Assembly in 2016 with the vision of helping developing African countries deliver quality education especially in science subjects and language.
“So far we have opened schools in this way in 24 African countries and are working to establish new ones in other 18 countries. We have been able to enroll over 15,000 students in such countries ant both nursery, primary and secondary levels,” Sanverdi said.
The Turkish ambassador to Tanzania Ali Davutoglu said that the foundation’s first school was built in Zanzibar about two years ago whereby 1500 students have been enrolled so far.
He said that the foundation is today also expected to open its new school in Arusha.