Stakeholders lauding education uplift drive

03Nov 2021
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Stakeholders lauding education uplift drive

EDUCATION stakeholders have commended recent efforts made by the government in improving the provision of quality education by targeting key bottlenecks like the shortage of classrooms and teachers.

Daniel Baheta, the chairman of the Education Development Partners Group, observed at the Annual Joint Education Sector Review working session here yesterday that the government had greatly worked on its deliberation in improving the teaching and learning environment.

This includes the recent announcement on the construction of 246 secondary schools and building 15,000 classrooms, he said, noting that these initiatives will go hand in hand with increasing qualified teacher at all levels.

The annual field report suggests a serious shortage of teachers in primary schools, he stated, underlining all the same that education development partners today “proudly acknowledge and appreciate ongoing efforts by the government for continuous progress in improving the education sector in the country.”

Stakeholders acknowledge in a special way efforts of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) in speeding up the provision of quality education countrywide, he emphasised, citing other milestones as the current revision of the Training and Education Policy and Curriculum to support the Tanzania Development Vision 2025.

The government has just completed an Education Sector Analysis, providing room for the third Education Sector Development Plan to be prepared as a road map for the sector in the next five years.

“All these are signs of great leadership and positive intention towards an excellent future for Tanzanian children,” he declared, expressing gratitude for that orientation.

He specifically congratulated the ministry as despite the pandemic which limited face to face meetings and interactions, it managed to make itself available through online meetings, phone calls, among other means.

As for annual joint education sector review, he said the event gives stakeholders an opportunity to assess the progress made in the past year and what priorities should be focused on the following year.

Dr John Kalage, speaking for activist groups constituting the education network, TEN/MET, urged participants to ponder on the future of education, teaching, learning and how to provide children with the opportunity to grow and thrive.

“Our priority should be in improving the education system, preparedness and resilience to achieve quality education for all” he said, underlining that as experts revisit education performance in the past year “they will validate the holistic incorporation of all enabling and impending factors and measure the state of the education sector.”

 Organizations in the education sector commend the government and stakeholders who have been instrumental in supporting the sector in the last two years, he declared, highlighting notable achievements in the education sector analysis as increased pre-primary enrolment up to secondary education from 14,776,584 students in 2019/2020 to 15,259,540 in 2020/2021.

He similarly cited commitment of the government to construct 20 girls’ boarding schools during the current financial year, building 300 secondary schools at ward levels to support the transition of lower secondary education and increased education budget from 4.5 trn/- in 2019/2020 to 4.7 trn/- in 2020/2021.

Dr Leonard Akwilapo, the permanent secretary, while officiating at the opening of the annual event urged the participants to deliberate on how to further improve the education sector.

Education should respond to modern technological demands and the government's vision for an industrial economy, he added.