Commission in Tanzania Bars 19 Universities from Admitting Students

19 universities in Tanzania have been barred from admitting students  2017/18 academic year by the Tanzania  Commission Universities (TCU).

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The action of the TCU, which does not affect returning students, has resulted in confusion in the affected institutions.

Universities in Tanzania are expected to resume for a new session in September.

Prospective students were caught unawares by the order which came just four days into the college enrollment window.

Nearly 33,000 candidates who sat their Form Six national examination in 2017 scored first and second division to qualify for direct entry into university. Over 20,000 others with division three and below are also expected to seek for enrollment in colleges for training that corresponds with their scores.

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Tanzania: Nape Asks Magufuli to Act On Kidnapping

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Dar es Salaam — Former Information minister Nape Nnauye yesterday asked President John Magufuli to form an independent commission of inquiry to probe into the escalating acts of kidnap and torture in the country.

Addressing his Mtama constituents at a rally for the first time since he was sacked late last month from the cabinet position, Mr Nnauye said the situation was getting out of hand. The event was beamed live by online media platforms.

He said to arrest the situation and clear away a cloud of fear that is slowly creeping into the hearts and minds of Tanzanians, the commission should be formed to uncover the truth behind the abductions and report back to the Head of State for appropriate action.

According to Mr Nnauye, the incidents that the commission should probe include the disappearance of Chadema cadre Ben Saanane, the night raid on Clouds Media Group (CMG) studios and the alleged kidnapping of hip-hop star Roma Mkatoliki and his colleagues who were, however, ‘found’ yesterday.

“This is my humble advice to my President, because all these heinous acts are creating public hatred against him. People are starting to believe that the goons who are perpetrating these acts are sent by him,” said Mr Nnauye. “For my President to stay away from this hatred, he should form the commission and let the truth be known and the culprits punished according to the laws of the land.”

“A person can’t just disappear like a fly. Worse enough, those who are doing these things are the ones with the responsibility of protecting the people and their property. Now Tanzanians live in fear, once they step outside their homes they are not sure if they will return safe and alive. When it reaches a point when the people cannot trust their government with their security, then that government is doomed.”

The youthful lawmaker suggested that if the President finds this approach difficult to implement, then Parliament, as an independent pillar of the State, must take the responsibility and act accordingly.

According to him, the attacks also hurt the image of the ruling party, CCM, in the public eyes.

“We are all CCM members here, aren’t we? Aren’t people angry against the party for letting these gangsters act in a manner that is alien to our country? People in the streets are talking and if we don’t arrest these events, then CCM will have a difficult time in the 2020 elections,” he said. “Again, I humbly advise him (Dr Magufuli) as my party chairman to distance CCM from the growing anger directed at him, and the only way to do so is by letting the truth out.” He also said, internationally, the good image of Tanzania as a beacon of peace would suffer if the government is not going to put an end to such acts of abductions.

“The world is like a village nowadays. What is going on in the country is reported throughout the world, and this happens instantly. We should arrest this situation before the international community isolates us for not upholding the rule of law.”

Wearing a brave face, Mr Nnauye told his voters that he was ready to die for speaking the truth.

“Drawing a pistol on me is just like killing me, so I’m ready to face death. It is very possible that these goons are above police. If the minister for Home Affairs says that the guy who drew a pistol on me is not a police officer and nothing has so far been done against him, then that means police do not have a clearance to arrest him. Therefore, if we are to leave the matter in their hands [police], this will get us nowhere.”

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Mr Nnauye said he joined CCM not because his father (the late Brigadier Moses Nnauye) was a cadre, but because of the party’s ideology including standing for truth.

“I campaigned day and night for CCM to win in 2015 because I believed the country would be safe in CCM hands.”

“I continue to believe that the country will continue to be safe as long as Tanzanians, especially the youth will choose to be strong and stand for the truth without fear. If one commits an error, no matter how big it is we should tell him that he or she has erred. Failure to do so, we will be committing a sin that will torment us and our next generations.”

The firebrand politician had earlier received a traditional hero’s welcome whereby lined up women sleeping on their bellies let him walk on their backs just like how a home returning triumphant king was treated in the old days.

Mr Nnauye was sacked after receiving a damning report by the committee that he had formed to probe the night raid on Clouds Media studios by the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner who was accompanied by some armed officers. Following the report, the media has slapped the RC with a media blackout.

Mr Nnauye told his voters that his sacking was not a big deal, and that the President had full constitutional powers to appoint whoever he wanted as minister or to drop them.

Additional report by Mwanja Ibadi in Mtama.

Tanzania: We’ll Table Confidence Vote Against JPM – Zitto

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Dar es Salaam — The Alliance for Democratic Change (ACT-Wazalendo) has said it would table in Parliament a motion of no confidence against President John Magufuli in the event of some Tanzanians dying of hunger.

This was said by ACT Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe during a campaign rally for Kijichi Ward councillor’s seat.

Mr Kabwe said President Magufuli would become the first country’s Head of State to face a vote of no confidence in Parliament should people die for lack of food.

The ACT-Wazalendo leader said according to Article 46 (a) of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, Parliament may debate a “No confidence vote” if at least 20 per cent of Members of Parliament support the move.

“If the Opposition members would unite, then President Magufli would become the first Head of State in the county’s to face a confidence motion,” Mr Kabwe said.

The party leader added that the President must stop heaping blame on some politicians and the media claiming that they were politicising the famine reports.

“We, ACT-Wazalendo are urging the President to be responsive because this is a democratic country; not everyone holding a different view over matters of the country (contrary to that of the government) has been bribed,” he said.

Mr Kabwe advised the President to observe the Constitution in the course of discharging his duties.

According to the firebrand opposition politician, it was the constitutional duty of the government to protect its people in the event of any calamity or disaster.

At the same time, he called on the Head of State to remember that no one was above the law.

Mr Kabwe furthered that ACT-Wazalendo will continue to criticise the government whenever things were not being run properly.

He urged Tanzanians, regardless of their political affiliation, to open up on the state of food in the country.

The ACT-Wazalendo leader said further that although the President has played down the famine reports, only time would tell who between the government and the Opposition was telling the truth.

Mr Kabwe commended religious leaders for weighing in on the matter.

The prevailing drought in parts of the country has made the Catholic Church to issue a pastoral letter to its believers calling them to pray for rain.

In the letter dispatched to bishops, the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) President, Bishop Tarcisius Ngalalekumtwa, warned that the country was facing a dire situation due to the prolonged dry season.

Bishop Ngalalekumtwa, who is the head of the Catholic Church in Tanzania, asked bishops to organise special masses from yesterday for congregations to pray so that it would rain in the country.

The ACT-leader claimed further that although the President has done well in restoring discipline in the public sector, some of his statements have not only hurt wananchi but have also been scaring away investors. “It is not right for the President to address the masses as if he was still in the election campaigns. He should focus on building the country as well as generating employment opportunities,” he said.

Calls from a cross-section of leaders have continued to mount on the government to accept the real situation on the ground and take action to forestall a crisis over the unpredictability of the situation.

Scores of regional government officials have signalled stress arising from drought and death of livestock in their areas but the national government is yet to issue a firm direction on how to respond to the growing famine threat. In his recent addresses at public rallies, President Magufuli denied there is famine threat and stressed that his government would not give food relief to anyone.

Tanzania: Mutungi Defends Release of Sh370 Million Subvention to CUF

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Dar es Salaam — The Registrar of Political Parties, Judge Francis Mutungi, yesterday refuted claims by chairman of the Civic United Front Supreme Governing Council, Mr Julius Mtatiro, that the party’s subvention funds were siphoned out of the Treasury.

According to Judge Mutungi, the Sh369 million was legally released from the treasury to a valid CUF account operated by party’s national leaders, not otherwise.

The registrar also said his office was open and if there’s any query it should be tendered in writing. “My office is an institution, we expected to receive formal complaint on the issue. But why those who are claiming foul play did not hold their press conference in their party offices?” he said.

Judge Mutungi said they recognise only one CUF which is led by Prof Ibrahim Lipumba as chairman and Mr Seif Sharif Hamad as secretary general.

Back in August, the registrar blocked CUF’s monthly subventions (the party is entitled to Sh117 million per month) and wrote to Prof Lipumba and Mr Hamad telling them that, the funds cannot be released until the wrangles were resolved.

“Before releasing the funds, we communicated with the party leaders and when we established that there were no chaos, we channelled the funds to their account,” he said, adding: “Now, what they are doing signals that still there are wrangles, but I don’t know about that, let wait and see.”

On Tuesday, Mr Mtatiro, yesterday accused the office of the Registrar and Prof Lipumba of siphoning the funds from the treasury last Thursday (January 5, 2017).

From the treasury, the cash, according to Mr Mtatiro, was deposited the party’s NMB account at Temeke Branch instead of the party’s national account which is operated by the chief accounting officer, who according to the CUF Constitution is the party’s secretary general, Mr Hamad.

The Temeke account’s signatories are Prof Lipumba’s top aides Ms Magdalena Sakaya (deputy secretary general – Mainland) and Thomas Malima (finance director).

Mr Mtatiro have accused them of transferring the funds to a private account and laundered it. He also accused the bank of letting the foul play to happen.

NMB senior manager of corporate affairs and public relations, Ms Jocelyne Kamuhanda, told The Citizen yesterday that the bank had seen the accusations in the press but they can’t discuss the matter with the media. “We cannot disclose clients’ details to any third party,” she said.

Reached for comment, the director of communication supporting the side of Prof Lipumba, Mr Abdul Kambaya, confirmed that they received the cash but they couldn’t involve Mr Hamad since he could have blocked the transactions.

Source : The Citizen

Africa: Violators of Human Rights Must Be Booked

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Peace and security in Africa remain rare. Most economies on the continent remain donor-dependent, partly because of lack of peace and security. Over the years senseless conflicts have engulfed the continent comprising of 54 nation-states.

Lack of patriotic leaders has crippled economic progress, forcing majority of continent’s populations into abject poverty. At the same time, natural resources that were meant to help the people overcome poverty have often turned into a curse.

Democracy and rule of law continue to suffer in African states. This is often done deliberately as the ruling elite clings to power at all costs including stifling opposition. Vote rigging is the norm during most elections.

Human rights abuse, in various forms, continues unabated. Thousands flee their countries in search of safety elsewhere. In so doing, they lose their independence and are subjected to new laws that at times hinder their economic growth. They leave their homes, jobs, farms and investments in a bid to save their lives. They even lose their beloved ones.

Burundi has been in the news for the past 18 months or so – all because of the conflict that was triggered by the decision of its president, Pierre Nkurunziza, to seek a third term in office. Many forward looking citizens saw the move as a violation of the Arusha Peace Accords of 2000 that helped restore peace to the central African nation that had been torn apart due to civil strife.

During that period, Burundi has produced thousands of refugees who sought safety in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tanzania alone received over 100,000 refugees.

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Recently, the Burundi administration decided to remove itself from the International Criminal Court based in The Hague. Like several other leaders on the continent, President Nkurunziza, through his minister has said that the Court, established by the Rome Statute in 2002, was deliberately targeting Africa.

His government has sent a bill to the two parliaments, which endorsed the decision. Therefore, the country is in its final stages to officiate the decision.

Burundi is not the first to contemplate such a move. In recent years, Kenya was seen pushing for the agenda through the African Union. The pressure was so huge but later it was decided that such a decision should be taken by individual countries rather than by AU as a bloc.

African states comprise almost 30 per cent of the International Criminal Court’s membership. As regards to the convictions made by the Court so far, one could ask this question: Do the convicts, whether they are from Africa or not, deserve the kind of protection that some leaders like Nkurunziza have been pushing for?

It goes without saying that conflicts produce thousands of victims. There are rape incidents, injuries, torture and denial of human rights. All those who suffer in one way or another deserve justice. The culprits must also be booked. There is a general conviction that victims everywhere deserve some form of national or international justice. As the Burundi administration pushes for the country’s withdrawal from the ICC, who will administer justice to the victims of the civil strife that has rocked the tiny state?

It is high time; President Nkurunziza and his subordinates were made accountable for the sufferings their people had to go through. When acts of gross violation of human rights go unprosecuted, who will provide justice to the victims? Burundi administration, through its resolve, proves only that they have things they wish to hide that is why had rather keep away from the justice system rather than face it.

Source : The Citizen

Tanzania: More ‘Boom’ for Free Education

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Mwanza Simiyu — Funds for free education have been increased from 18.77bn/- per month to 21bn/-, with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directing intensive verification to unearth ghost pupils and students in public schools.

Mr Majaliwa directed District Commissioners (DCs), District and Regional Education Officers to conduct a special inspection in schools countrywide in a move aimed at ensuring that the money does not end in individual pockets.

“Each month, the government has been dishing out funds to facilitate free education for all; but now we have started to realise that there are phantom pupils and students,” he said adding: “All DCs, DEOs and REOs should go and make routine inspection and audit to identify fake pupils and students.”

The directive also comes amid reports that almost all heads of schools in Simiyu Region have been demoted in connection with ghost learners in public schools. The premier issued the directive yesterday when he met Ilala District Council leaders and staff in Dar es Salaam.

“If you spot any contradiction on the number of pupils and students in schools, you should get out of your offices and visit the respective schools to make proper verifications of the figures delivered to you,” he added.

Earlier, in a press conference held in Dodoma, the government announced that effective this month, the increased budget (21bn/-) will also see secondary school headmasters/ mistresses earning 250,000/- allowances while primary school head teachers will pocket 200,000/- per month.

The Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Authority, Mr George Simbachawene, said the 21bn/- capitation grant will cater for subsidy for running cost of primary and secondary schools and teachers’ allowances.

The minister said the allowance is meant to motivate the teachers as they execute their noble task, taking into account the challenges facing the education sector.

Moreover, he said, his ministry has purchased more than 1,000 motorcycles to be distributed to ward education officers to facilitate them discharge their duties quickly and smoothly.

He said the government has decided to supply motorcycles to all ward education officers countrywide.

He expressed the government commitment to ensure that they invest heavily in education to enable many Tanzanians, regardless of one’s income enjoy the services offered.

Mr Simbachawene called upon the community to have the same morale in contributing school desks as well as be active in construction of classrooms and teachers’ housing units in their respective areas.

In Simiyu, the Regional Commissioner, Mr Anthony Mtaka, has ordered the demotion of 140 heads of public secondary schools in the region as other 516 head teachers of the primary schools after they were implicated in the ghost pupil/ student scam.

Confirmed reports from the region said the RC took the action after it was discovered that almost all the secondary school heads were implicated in the financial rip-off following a probe that found out 2,137 ‘ghost’ students were included in the provision of capitation grants disbursed to the schools.

According to Mr Mtaka, all the district councils, except Bariadi, were found with ghost students, with Itilima District being found with 2,137 students, Busega District Council 110 students, Maswa District Council 14 students and Meatu District Council 121 students.

It was in the report that more than 10m/- were every month paid to ghost students as capitation grants while the investigation in all primary schools is still going on with early findings indicating there were some cheating as well.

“It is due to these preliminary findings that I have ordered that all heads of the secondary schools should be demoted with immediate effect and strict scrutiny be carried forward to those who will take over their positions,” said the RC.

As a result of the findings for the secondary schools, Mr Mtaka said such action awaited all the head teachers in all 516 primary schools in the region as soon as the schools complete the Primary School Leaving Examinations scheduled for October.

Following the revelations, the RC has instructed the Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr Jumanne Sagini, to institute administrative measures as soon as possible that will see the demoted school heads leaving their offices and undertaking their role as ordinary teachers.

As if that was not enough, another probe will be directed on education coordinators and education officers; regional wise, who in one way or another were involved in the scam or failed to report to the authorities on the misappropriation of the funds in question.

Last month, Mr Mtaka ordered thorough investigations over the possibility of the schools in the region having ghost students by carrying out strict scrutiny of all the students in the registers against those in classrooms.

The action came in the wake of some of the school heads submitting doubtful numbers of students, which indicated the possibility of enrolment of ghost workers for the sake of obtaining money illegally.

Source : Tanzania Daily News

Tanzania: High hopes for Magufuli’s first budget

By Daniel Finnan

Tanzanian lawmakers have gathered in the capital Dodoma to debate the first budget of President John Magufuli’s administration. It contains a 13 percent increase in funding for development projects that will be paid for through tax rises and spending cuts in other areas, the country’s information minister tells RFI.

“People have a lot of expectations because this is the budget where the government will start implementing whatever has been promised in the election manifesto,” said Information Minister Nape Nnauye.

It’s the first budget since Magufuli’s election in October 2015 and his promises to create more jobs and drive up economic growth.

“One of the areas we’re concentrating on is infrastructure,” said Nnauye in a telephone interview on Sunday, referring to other priority projects in power generation and social services.

Magufuli also wants to encourage industrialisation and boost the agricultural sector by “adding value” to the production of cotton, cashew nuts and coffee, according to the information minister.

Economic growth in Tanzania is expected to be seven percent in 2016, said the International Monetary Fund in a March update, noting “buoyant” activity in the construction, communications, finance and transportation sectors.

The government’s central railway project is one of the major infrastructure projects that will help drive growth, said Nnauye.

The Chinese government is to provide almost six billion euros to Tanzania to finance the construction of the railway, according to reports. The railway is intended to run from the port in Dar Es Salaam to Mwanza in the north-west of the country on the shores of Lake Victoria.

“We’re expecting an increase in taxation but also to find other sources of revenue from within and reduce expenditure,” said Nnauye, adding that an earmarked 40 percent for national development projects will be financed internally, not through external finance.

Magufuli has “greatly reduced expenditure from the government side”, according to Nnauye, who claimed that will help “save some of the money to finance these projects”.

Tanzania’s opposition is likely to put up some resistance to Magufuli’s budget, said Nnauye, when asked about getting the budget through parliament.

“Some aspects, they will join us, but most of the aspects they will criticise us,” he said. “This is their duty, I think they’ll continue criticising us and opposing us – that’s why they’re called the opposition.”
Source : Radio France

Tanzania: Free Education Policy Succeeds Amid Challenges

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Zanzibar — Shortage of desks and classrooms for pupils in primary schools may not be a major story in the media, but how the government and the education stakeholders are overcoming the challenges would be something worth reading.

When in January 2014 Zanzibar marked its 50th Revolution anniversary, President Ali Mohamed Shein declared the revival of Free Education Policy (FEP) starting last July 2015. The programme has created a positive change because it has resulted in significant increase in enrolment in many schools, described as a laudable achievement.

However, serious challenges emerged in the implementation of the FEP, which include congested classrooms, limited facilities and shortage of qualified teachers, which may negatively impact on the quality of teaching and learning on one hand and indiscipline on the other.

The ‘new’ free education policy is being implemented concurrently with new basic education structure of 2-6-4 (two years of nursery, six years of primary and four years of secondary education) instead of the 2-7-2 (two years of nursery, seven years of primary, and two years of secondary education).

Nursery schools were incorporated as among the compulsory education following the approval of the reviewed education policy in 2006.

The establishment of nursery schools has increased from 238 in 2010 to 279 alongside training of nursery school teachers. There are also about 244 private nursery schools, an additional advantage for parents to take there children to school.

According to the education guidelines, parents of children in nursery to Standard Six are not supposed to contribute anything while parents of children in secondary schools are required to contribute 5,000/-, 7,500/-, and 10,000/- annually for forms 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 respectively.

During the election campaign last year, Dr Shein promised voters that he would also abolish contributions (fees) in secondary schools, including examinations fees, should he remain the President of Zanzibar.

On January 11 this year, schools in Zanzibar were opened and children started with a new hope as the government assures provision of teaching and learning materials and improvement of teachers’ welfare.

The Director of Pre-Primary and Primary education in the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Ms Safia Ali Rijali, said the government has been overwhelmed with turnout of children joining primary schools. “It is a big success with challenges,” she says.

“Enrolment of Children this year surpassed our targets. In both nursery and primary schools, we were supposed to have 35 to 60 students in each classroom, but we have up to 200 students in a class!” she added.

She said in some schools such as Kinuni and Mtopepo Primary Schools, Standard One pupils range between 600 and 1,000, while there is a shortage of classroooms.

“We are determined to enrol all children for nursery and primary education. As teachers we are prepared to bear the burden of having more than 70 students in a single classroom, but never deny a child to join primary school,” she said.

She encouraged parents to ensure that all children — including those with disability — are enrolled in schools because education remains the key to the development of individuals and the nation.

Zanzibar’s move to strengthen FEP is as per Article 26 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that ‘Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.

Elementary education shall be compulsory… ” “Teachers and parents should collaborate in ensuring children remain in schools to complete at least the basic education,” said Ms Rijali, citing more challenges facing the education sector. She said her office has been working closely with stakeholders and development partners like the Milele Foundation, South Korea, OPEC, China, and the World Bank to increase classrooms and renovating of old buildings.

“We appreciate the support provided by development partners as the government struggles to have more teachers by training them to handle the overcrowded classrooms,” Ms Rijali said. She supported the Minister of Education and Vocational Training Mr Ali Juma Shamuhuna in motivating teachers to handle the congested classrooms.

“We are on track, the enrolment of children has been a priority of the government in ensuring that all children in the islands get compulsory education, and that no effort will be spared in registering children to join primary education,” Shamhuna says. Teachers say that although the country has taken the bold step to revive FEP, the challenges should be overcome.

 Source : Tanzania Daily

Tanzania: Enrolment Up Thanks to Free Education ‘Offer’

Tarime — Following parents’ positive response to the Fifth Phase Government’s commitment to announce the provision of free education in primary and secondary schools starting January this year Sirari Ward Secondary School in Tarime District has been overwhelmed by the large number of students who are supposed to be registered for Form One.

The school’s board of directors is putting up strategies to embark on urgent measures to help 400 students who have reported to commence Form One this year.

The efforts include building more classrooms. The outgoing Board chairman, Mr Joel Mwita, told the ‘Daily News’ in an interview that a gathering of parents had agreed to move forward by voluntarily contributing towards daily running expenses including provision of food to help pupils come from distant localities to attend classes comfortably.

He said they had also introduced a new awareness campaign including traditional elders to motivate parents to support the government’s move to call upon communities to shun female genital mutilation or marrying them off in exchange of dowry.

Mr Mwita revealed that since time immemorial the institution has enrolled the highest number of girl students after the traditional initiation ceremonies in the district that are held here towards the end of every two consecutive years.

He said parents and guardians have shown interest to continue footing minor expenses while supporting the relevant grants that will be disbursed to the school from the central government to cover education costs following the cancellation of school fees.

According to the school head, Mr Jonathan Masambu, they have put precautionary measures to check that no foreign student is enrolled by inspecting birth certificates and a special TSM9 form certifying the selection of each pupil after completion of primary school education because the school is situated only a few kilometres from the Kenyan border.

Source : Tanzania Daily News

anzania: 16 Billion/ – Sent to Schools to Prop Free Education

By Alvar Mwakyusa

Dodoma — The government disbursed last month capitation funds amounting to 15.71bn/- to public primary and secondary schools countrywide in implementation of free education policy, the National Assembly heard.

In the same development, Deputy Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Engineer Stella Manyanya, stressed yesterday that no students in public schools will be compelled to pay fees or any other contributions.

“As the government implements the free education policy from primary to ordinary level, a circular number 6 of 2015 was issued which stipulates obligation of every stakeholder in realising the plan,” Eng. Manyanya explained.

She made the explanation while responding to a basic question by Ndanda MP, Mr Cecil Mwambe (Chadema) who had wanted to know whether the government was fully prepared to put the plan into action.

“Is the government well prepared to ensure students are not sent back home for failing to make contributions to pay salaries of guards or purchase of chalks and desks?” the MP queried.

In response, the deputy minister assured the lawmaker that the capitation grant disbursed to schools are meant to foot all costs, which were hitherto borne by parents and guardians.

“The funds are allocated to cater for operation costs, tuition fees and meals for students in boarding schools. “Heads of government schools have been given directives on how the money should be spent to purchase teaching and learning materials as well as footing other costs such as printing of examinations and paying security guards,” she elaborated.

She went on to state that each financial year, the central government and local governments will allocate funds to purchase desks in public schools. “The public and other education stakeholders could however continue supporting the government to provide desks as they wish,” Eng Manyanya said.

She added: “I declare before this House that the government is committed to provide free education. No student will be compelled to make financial contributions because this is the responsibility of the government.”

On the other hand, Eng. Manyanya said plans are still underway to put up vocational training centres in all districts. “A study was conducted to construct the centres in districts, which lack either public or private vocational training centres,” she stated.

Eng Manyanya was responding to another question by the Ndanda lawmaker, who had tasked the government to build such a centre in Masasi District.

However, the deputy minister explained that Masasi District would not be considered for now since it has two vocational training centres run by religious organizations.

They include Ndanda and Lupaso – with the capacity of admitting 180 and 38 students. Eng. Manyanya explained further that the government has upgraded 25 community development colleges across the country to enable them provide vocational training.
Source : Tanzania Daily News