Thursday, October 6, 2016
Govt to ensure legal protection of education sector in the country
IN a bid to improve the quality of education in the country, the government has said that it is making sure that all important plans are legally protected. Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Minister, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, disclosed this early this week in Dar es Salaam at the opening of education stakeholders’ meeting. The meeting participants included retired civil servants from the Ministry of Education, permanent secretaries, commissioners, directors and school inspectors. It was aimed at discussing challenges facing education and advise the government on appropriate measures in addressing them. Prof Ndalichako said that a number of good plans have been put in place but they are being interfered with new plans before they are implemented. “Following these challenges, we are working to ensure that all plans in my ministry are given legal power to avoid frequent changes and promote sustainable development in the sector,” she said.
Tanzania's Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Minister, Prof Joyce Ndalichako,
The priority of the Fifth Phase Government, she said, is to improve the quality of education. “This involves strengthening of the education system from nursery to tertiary level, students’ qualifications, education inspectors and teaching techniques,” she said. The minister further said that her ministry is currently working on a bill that will allow the formation of a teachers’ regulatory body. She said the formation of the body will help ensure that all teachers who will be allocated to the schools meets all the required qualifications. Prof Ndalichako, however, said that the government values all views by stakeholders which aim at improving education. For her part, the Director for Schools Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Marystella Wasena, said that the meeting was crucial for the development of education. “This meeting is crucial because its participants are former employees of the Ministry of Education. They have experience in the sector and some of them have acquired studies on various issues related to education. We hope that their views are important in addressing various challenges facing the sector,” she said. Gender and Development Consultant Prof Marjorie Mbilinyi commended the government efforts to ensure that all children in the country have access to basic education. The government has increased the number of schools and desks, but it should also take initiatives to improve the quality of education. She, however, said that the government should also employ more teachers and empower them with new teaching skills to improve pupils/students’ performance.