The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

11 May 2010

Tanzania: Ward Sec School in Dar Produces Best Student

One of the best boy students in the just announced Form 4 examination results is a product of one of the first ward secondary schools built in Ilala District in Dar es Salaam, it has been learnt.

Hassan Rajab, a student of Minaki High School, who emerged third best student in the Form VI national examination results countrywide, joined Minaki from a ward secondary school in Ilala district, Juhudi.

The Juhudi Secondary School headmaster, Mr Sikitiko Salehe, said Rajab studied at Juhudi from Form 1 through to Form 4 before joining Minaki

The headmaster said the records at the school shows that a total of 93 students have passed with Division 1 and II since they started sitting for Form 4 examinations in 2005.

The encouraging performance by the ward secondary school comes against a backdrop of poor performance in many ward secondary schools, which are facing a myriad of problems, including lack of competent teachers and teaching aids.

Mr Salehe said in an interview with the Sunday Citizen that between 2005 and 2009, a total of 190 students from his school have proceeded to A-Levels.

However, this newspaper learnt that the school has only one small laboratory that can accommodate 50 students while it has 60 students pursuing science subjects.

"Many students would have loved to pursue science subjects but the small laboratory that we have is a limiting force," said the headmaster.

The school with a total of 1,053 students needs 26 classrooms in order to accommodate 45 students per classroom as per the country's education directive.

Understandably, the school has 18 classrooms with two of them not being used because they have no desks.

According to the headmaster, the school is in dire need of eight more classrooms, desks for two classrooms, a computer room for the school's 20 computers, which are in an improvised computer makeshift room that was built as teachers' office.

He said the school board is presently seeking donors who could help to solve some of the problems facing the school.

The headmaster said the Parastatal Pensions Fund (PPF) donated 56 corrugated iron sheets that will be used to roof a computer room.

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