Pupils jostle for Feza Schools science sponsorships

03Apr 2016
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Pupils jostle for Feza Schools science sponsorships

At least ten regions are expected to compete in a science scholarship quiz under the sponsorship of the Feza Schools that will bring together 3,000 students.

The move aims to encourage more students to nurse future carriers in science subjects.

Head of Feza Schools, Ibrahim Yunus said the competition which has been ongoing for the past three years aims at developing student skills and talents to build future scientists.

He was speaking when awarding scholarships to winners of this year’s competition held at the school ground, noting that the competition involves Standard Seven pupils and form two students from ten schools in ten regions countrywide.

He said the best students will get full sponsorship from Feza as his group of schools is determined to help the government towards improving education and increasing the number of scientists, as the country is faced with a shortage of scientists and science teachers.

“We want to promote science subjects and enable pupils to fulfill their dreams. There are many talented pupils on science subjects but they cannot flourish due to various reasons including their parents’ financial ability,” he explained.

Feza schools will provide sponsorship for the pupils within and outside the country, with a total of 3,000 students registered for the competition whereby 400 among them were from Dar es Salaam based schools.

Apart from sponsoring science pupils, the group of schools also provides assistance to 180 pupils from various schools, he pointed out, noting that the students are given Tsh250,000 each for purchase of educational materials.

The money is sent to the students through their specific schools, with more than 200 students having benefited from free education services from Feza Schools since the program was started.

“I am also a beneficiary of the programme. I was identified and sponsored by Feza Schools from primary to university level,” said Yunus.

Charles Mkamba, one of the three winners who comes from Fountain primary school thanked Feza Schools for the sponsorship, saying he will now be able to accomplish his dream of becoming an aircraft engineer.

The youthful aspirant said that his success in the competition and in study is contributed to by good relations between his parents and teachers.

Owen Frank, a Standard VII pupil at Feza primary school who emerged second winner in the competition said that the secret of his success is to work hard and not panic while doing examinations. “I always relax,” he said.

Owen added that his dream is to be a computer engineer, “the reason why I put more effort in science subjects. Although my father advised me to take business subject I really like science because it is in my nature,” the pupil underlined.