Minister vows to send back teachers to villages

22Mar 2016
Theresia Victor
The Guardian
Minister vows to send back teachers to villages

TEACHERS who have moved from rural to urban-based schools without following proper procedures will be taken back to their former schools in the next financial year.

George Simbachawene

Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), George Simbachawene said in Dar es Salaam yesterday when speaking at a brief function held to congratulate district and municipal councils which have performed well in the education sector.

The minister said in recent years, there is a growing tendency of teachers moving from rural to urban schools using underhand means.

He said that nearly 50 percent of teachers move from rural schools to urban areas where there is no demand for teachers compared to schools in remote parts of the country.

“This is a very serious challenge that needs to be addressed and in the next financial year we’re going to allocate enough funds to send back to their former schools all teachers whose transfers were forged,” the minister said.

“We are just waiting for the 2016/2017 budget to be allocated where we will use the money to implement our strategies of inspecting schools with a large number of teachers from villages who moved without proper permits and send them back to their original posts,” he said.

He noted that the trend of teachers moving from villages to urban areas is abated by unscrupulous district and municipal council directors and education officers who are bribed by the teachers who want to relocate to urban schools.

On her part, the Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, urged education officers, council directors to have the culture of keeping records of students and pupils enrolled in schools in their jurisdictions for the state to allocate realistic budgets.

“Many of the problems today in the education sector can be attributed to lack of correct data. We allocate funds on the available data and as a result we are not able to accommodate all students in the country due to false figures,” she said.

“Today we are giving 15.5bn/- to the 164 councils which have excelled academically so that they can use the money to create better education infrastructures as well as modifying teaching and learning facilities in their localities. This will also act as a motivation for students to perform better in their final exams,” she added.