During his visit here in April last year, President John Magufuli contributed 10m/- to enable completion of Mwansekwa secondary school which was scheduled to admit form one students at the start of this year, catering for pupils from Mwansekwa Ward and nearby areas.
However, after the completion of construction, thanks to the president’s contribution and teachers posted, the institution could not open its classrooms to new learners. There were no teaching materials including books for all subjects, laboratory apparatus, some office furniture as well as stationery or cleaning materials, among others.
Some 62 pupils were already posted to the school to start form one this month but there was no way they could start learning due to the shortcomings, compelling education administrators to swing into action lest the target is missed.
Speaking during the handover of the materials to the school leadership at the weekend, Mbeya City Education Officer (Secondary) Felix Danda said the value of the materials contributed is over 10m/-.
“Parents had already contributed and enabled the construction of classrooms so we found it not wise to go back to them again for another round of contributions. That is why we decided that teachers should fill the gap,” he said.
Now that the challenge has been solved, an appeal was issued to parents to ensure that all pupils who were selected to join the school do so immediately without fail.
“Even if they (pupils) have no uniform yet, let them report. We will give parents time to buy them uniforms,” he said.
The flexibility is meant to compensate for the delay in the start of learning as some parents may not have been sure that the challenges would be overcome and learning start.
City Mayor Rev David Mwashilindi thanked the teachers and education officers for contributions that enabled the school to open and evaded embarrassment that the city council would have faced if the school did not open this year as intended.
The mayor also appealed to the school’s administration to take care of the learning materials contributed by the teachers, especially the more expensive ones such as laboratory apparatus so that they benefit future learners in the school.
“The Ward Education Officer should ensure that all pupils posted to the school report. As there are no contributions, we don’t expect any excuse from a parent,” he declared.