Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: State Plans New Facilities for Schools

Dodoma — GOVERNMENT plans to improve the infrastructure of selected schools countywide by constructing laboratories and houses for teachers in the current fiscal year.

Under the plan presently in initial tendering stages, two schools in each of the 132 district councils selected will have their infrastructure improved, according to Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Philip Mulugo.

The Deputy Minister made the revelation in response to a question posed by Rombo MP, Mr Joseph Selasini (Chadema), who had wanted to know whether the government was in a position to support efforts by residents in the area in constructing laboratories, libraries and construct houses for teachers.

The MP said residents in the area had recorded impressive achievements in construction of ward secondary schools and pleaded to government to establish vocational training institutes. Responding to the question, Mr Mulugo said two secondary schools in Rombo, namely Mawanda and Maki, are amongst the schools across the country that will benefit from the upgrading plan.

The Deputy Minister also hinted that during financial years 2010/11 and 2011/12, government posted 325 teachers to secondary schools in Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region. He noted further that during the current financial year, government has dished out 25,000/- as capitation grant to students in government-owned secondary schools across the country, up from 21,000/- last year.

Mr Mulugo said the government plans to put in place vocational training institutes in every district countywide by either establishing new ones or transforming the existing Folk Development Colleges (FDCs).

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