Magufuli stresses priority for education sector
Education is one of President John Magufuli’s priorities and he has declared that all children eligible for schooling should be enrolled in schools this year.
The President has also directed that the schools-especially primary schools should be well equipped and asked stakeholders to support government efforts in ensuring the provision of equipment and tools so that the pupils study in conducive environment.
This was stated last week by the Temeke Municipal Educational Officer, Salum Upunda, when receiving a donation of 50 desks for Maji Matitu Primary School. The desks were donated by the National Microfinance Bank (NMB).
Maji Matitu Primary Shool was established in 2011 and since President Magufuli announced ‘free education for all’ school-age going children, the number of pupils has surged to staggering 6,000—causing an acute shortage of desks.
NMB -Mbagala Branch has come up as one of the supporters of the school. More classrooms are currently under constructions.
NMB Dar es Salaam Zonal Manager, Vicky Bishubo, said the Bank gives priority to education sector as part of its social responsibilities.
She called on the pupils to be creative and study industriously for the sake of their future.
“For a pupil to become good innovators, creative and accurate in future, and so be able to participate fully in the country’s economic development issues,” she said.
She also advised the pupils to take the shortage of desks as a challenge and should not be discouraged.
Bishubo said NMB has set aside about 1bn/- as Social Responsibilities Fund.
The Head Teacher, Abdul Mgumi, told The African that the school also has a number of pupils with disabilities who demand special attention.
“The constructions of more classrooms for students who are now studying under the tree shades, is on final stages, but more desks will be needed,” he said.