Zanzibar — THE Zanzibar Ministry of education and vocational training is finalizing preparations to receive 15 science teachers from Nigeria to help improve education in the islands, Principal Secretary (PS) Ms Mwanaidi Saleh said on Wednesday.
"We are expecting 15 teachers by end of this September. This will definitely be a great support for secondary students," Saleh said. She said it was previously planned that 10 teachers will come, but fortunately Nigeria has offered five more to support our efforts to minimize shortage of science teachers in Zanzibar schools.
"The Nigerians are volunteers and they will be in Zanzibar for two years. We are not paying their salaries, our responsibility is to care for them by providing accommodation, transport, and health services," the PS said. The Islands government has mentioned that education is one of its priorities, allocating 110bn/- for its 2012/2013 budget which include recruiting more skilled teachers mainly science teachers.
The relationship between Zanzibar and Nigeria has existed for decades, and in 1998 Zanzibar hired nine Nigerian judges to improve its judiciary during Dr Salmin Amour Juma era. At least one of the Nigerian Judges was given the task to preside over the treason case which involved 18 members of the Civic United Front (CUF). The case ended in 2001.