Arusha — DONS in the country have emphasized the crucial role played by institutions of higher learning in realizing successful implementation of the government's ambitious 'Big Results Now' initiative (BRN).
BRN was inaugurated by President Jakaya Kikwete in February, this year, aims at adopting new methods of working under a specified timeframe for delivery.
Talking during the 5th Higher Education Forum over the weekend in Arusha Region, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration at Mzumbe University, Prof. Faustin Kamuzora, said universities are linked with government and productive sectors which are major implementers of BRN.
He said that the success of BRN is so important since a number of jobs will be created and some of these jobs will be taken by universities graduates.
"In other words, it is in the best interest of universities to participate in the success of BRN as citizens but most importantly to avail decent job to their graduates," he said.
The theme of this year's forum organized by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and College Principals Tanzania (CVCPT) was "University-Industry Linkages: Prospects of Sustainable Quality Higher Education in Tanzania."
There are six sectors targeted under the BRN initiative and these include education, energy, agriculture, transport, water and resource mobilization.
For education sector, BRN aims at improving performance of lower level of education which is pre, primary and secondary schools.
The BRN seeks to create performance transparency, motivate through incentives, provide support where needed most and improve teachers' conditions.
Specifically, the sector aims to raise the quality of basic education and has set a very ambitious target to improve pass rates in primary and secondary schools to 60 per cent in 2013, 70 per cent in 2014 and 80 per cent in 2015.
The Director of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Prof Sylvia Temu, said that higher education has a major role to play in realization of BRN.
"Universities should support BRN by producing high quality teachers," Prof Temu, who was speaking on behalf of the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, said.
She said that in line with that universities should also prepare themselves to receive students from secondary schools.
She explained that while the government needs 25,000 science teachers only 2,000 are produced per annum. "This is a challenge for higher learning institutions it must be tackled if we want to successfully implement BRN," she said.