Magu­fuli stresses pri­or­ity for ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor

The African - - NEWS - BY HARRIETH MANDARI

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.

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