7 February 2013

Tanzania: House Team Set to Verify Curriculum

Dodoma — THE parliament appointed a six-member team to scrutinize and authenticate the validity of copies of the education curriculum presented in the House by the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa.

"The committee is assigned with the duty to closely examine the legitimacy of the document presented by the minister. The findings should be presented in the House not later than Thursday," the Deputy Speaker, Job Ndugai, said.

The members of the team include: Margareth Sitta (CCM), Bernadetta Mshashu (CCM), Jabir Marombwe (CCM), Khalifa Khamis Khalifa (CUF), Israel Natse (Chadema) and Yahaya Kassim Issa (CUF).

The move follows heated debate that ensued, in the House, last week, when James Mbatia (MP - Appointed - NCCR Mageuzi) presented a private motion on ways to 'resuscitate' the education sector which includes the need for consistence in the education curriculum.

Previously, Dr Kawambwa assured the House that the government was in possession of the revised 2005 national education curriculum, the claims that Mr Mbatia opposed.

The argument based on Mbatia's private motion which ended in a dramatic twist when legislators from the opposition walked out in protest of continuation of the debate, defying an appeal by the motion presenter to have the debate postponed pending clarification of some doubtful elements.

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