3 February 2013

Tanzania: TTU Urged to Improve Schools' Curricula

TANZANIA Teachers Union (TTU) has been urged to focus on curriculum improvement, to enable the youth prepare themselves well for a better future.

Addressing the 13th graduation ceremony at the Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa advised TTU to confer the issue of improving the country's education curricula with the government.

"You should engage the government in this discussion. Look for amicable solution that will eventually bring about national development," he said. He added that the education system should prepare students to be job creators rather than job seekers.

Mr Lowassa reminded the students on the importance of joining National Service (JKT) in order to inculcate the spirit of patriotism after their advanced level studies, saying the military training is aimed at fighting criminal trends, including robbery.

"The training enables the trainees to be loyal to their nation and to curb criminal incidents in the country to maintain peace and tranquility in the country," he said. Mr Lowassa also advised the students to focus on their studies, insisting that they should be cautious when using new media.

New technology is a threat to the moral foundation of the country, he insisted. The former Prime minister also pledged to contribute money toward the construction of the school's library that will assist students conduct personal studies outside classrooms. Dar es Salaam City Council has promised to give 200m/- that will be used to buy a school bus and improve the playing field structure.

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