Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

12 December 2012

Tanzania: Chadema MP Calls for Universal Free Education

Mpanda — MPANDA Urban Member of Parliament, Mr Said Amour Arfi (Chadema) has stressed the need for the state to utilize fully resources that are available to provide free education to all citizens.

He said the nation would be able to conquer poverty faster if the people were accorded the right to free education from primary school to university level. Mr Alfi said this during an exclusive interview with the 'Daily News' here stressing that it was possible for the government to provide free education at all levels to all Tanzanians.

"We can deliver education to all provided that the government utilises the resources diligently," he pointed out. He said education was of late the right of the privileged few, as opposed to early 1970s, when children from most families were enrolled regardless of their social status or parents' financial muscle.

"I was not one of the beneficiaries of that noble programme but several of my younger brothers and relatives were among many Tanzanians who benefited and most of them are now university graduates. "If we carefully plan and use resources well I am sure we can make it," he said.

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