AT least 100 private schools were closed last year due to financial crisis. This was revealed over the weekend by Tusiime schools consultant, Laurent Gama, while speaking to African Education Alumni network members who visited the school.
He said sustainability of schools is very critical and to ensure sustainability of private school, returns of investment, students performance and improved competences will always act as feedback mechanism to customers.
He went on to say that financial breakthrough can be achieved through partnerships which allow cost reduction and revenue enhancement. He said partnerships can be achieved through mutual working relationships between the government and owners of private school on one hand and parents and other stakeholders on the other hand.
Speaking about the performance of the school, Gama said the school has been number one at district level from 2008 to 2012 and also number one at regional level from 2008 to 2010. He said in 2011 Tusiime scored second position at regional level while in 2012 it was number one in the region.
"Teachers who are well valued, dedicated and motivated to serve, good internal monitoring system and dedicated management team are the factors, together with improved parents' participation in monitoring academic and non academic activities, enabling the school to reach this stage," he said.
"It is evident that Tusiime Holdings like many other owners of private school in Tanzania is doing a recommendable job in developing young Tanzanians to become competitive citizens in local and international labour market," he said.
He added that partnerships with stakeholders can offer great opportunities for cost reduction and allow for revenue enhancement within private schools which in turn leads to improved academic performance.