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Tanzania to hire over 30,000 new teachers

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Jumanne Sagini, permanent secretary at the prime minister’s office

 (AA) – The Tanzanian government has decided to hire over 30,000 new primary and secondary school teachers before the end of the 2014/15 financial year ending June 30.

“Rural areas and municipalities with serious shortages of teachers will be given first priority under this new teachers’ employment scheme,” Jumanne Sagini, permanent secretary at the prime minister’s office, told The Anadolu Agency by phone from capital Dodoma.

He cited the large discrepancy between rural and urban areas in terms of teacher/student ratios.

“New teachers to be recruited should be ready to work in rural areas, because most urban areas will not be considered,” said Sagini.

He asserted that the recruitment scheme was aimed at ending anxiety among thousands of teaching graduates who have been awaiting employment since graduating two years ago.

Sagini, the official in charge of regional administration and rural governments, said municipal and district directors had been told to scrutinize their areas – especially town centers – to ensure that teachers who had overstayed in one place were transferred to other areas.

“And where there is an increase in number more than those required, the acceding number should be transferred or moved to other rural areas,” he said.

Tanzania currently suffers a shortage of over 45,000 primary and secondary school teachers.

-Welcomed-

The government’s decision was welcomed by experts and educators.

“This will not solve the shortage of the primary and secondary school teachers, but it will reduce the gap,” Husein Sengu, an education expert and the director of an Arusha-based NGO, told AA.

Jacklyn Motta, for one, head teacher at the Sekei primary school in northern Tanzania’s Arumeru district, is very excited about the new recruitment drive.

“I have only three science teachers in my school who are teaching from grade four to grade seven,” she told AA.

She hopes her school will benefit from the new recruits.

Sagini, the government official, said science teachers were the most in demand.

“We will give first priority to science teachers,” he told AA.

Alex Hugo, an unemployed teaching graduate, cautiously welcomed the government’s plan.

“Truly speaking I am very happy to hear government’s decision because I have been looking for job over a year now,” he told AA.

But Hugo fears the move might be politically motivated with the country preparing for general election, set for October of this year.

“I think this move is politically motivated with the truth that teachers are the usual returning officers at the polling stations in all general elections,”   he noted.

Tanzania elects a new president and parliament in October.

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