Bukoba — KAGERA Region has recorded impressive improvements in the education sector through increased enrolments.
The number of pupils registered for Std I to VII rose from 446,674 in 2005 to 535,280 in 2012, the Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Fabian Massawe, has disclosed.
He noted that during the same period, the number of primary schools increased from 967 (2005) to 1,055 (2012), while government owned Secondary schools also increased from 66 (2005) to 240 (2012) while the number of private secondary schools increased from 21 to 47.
Mr Massawe disclosed this in his implementation report of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) election manifesto (2005-2012). He disclosed that the number of government secondary schools offering A levels increased from five (2005) to 15 (2012) while private schools offering the same qualification slightly increased from seven to 13.
He said the number of primary school teachers increased from 7,950 (2005) to 10,624 (2012) while the number of secondary school teachers increased from 750 (2005) to 1,972 (2012) equivalent to 52 per cent of the needed number, with a shortage of 1,848 teachers (48 per cent).
The Regional Commissioner said primary school teachers' quarters increased from 1,322 (2005) to 1,809 (2012) while the required number of books per pupil (BRP) dropped from 1:7 during 2005 to 1:3 during 2012.
The number of Vocational Training Centres increased from 17 (2005) to 30 (2012) while the number of universities increased from one during 2005 to three, namely St Augustine (SAUT-RC), Josiah Kibira (JoKUCO-Lutheran) and Open University of Tanzania (OUT).