Zanzibar — PRESIDENT Ali Mohammed Shein opened a symposium on 'The Development of Education in Zanzibar' with a call to parents and teachers to overcome challenges currently facing the education sector.
He said during the twoday meeting, being held at Bwawani Hotel in the Stone town, that despite remarkable progress in the education sector in the past 50 years, schools and higher learning institutions still face challenges that can be solved through hard working.
"Our quality of education in Zanzibar is still questionable and poor performance in exams has been one of the disturbing problems," said Shein at the symposium which attracted stakeholders in the education sector comprising teachers, planning officers, experts, ministers and the First Vice President Mr Seif Sharif Hamad.
Dr Shein attributed the poor performance in national exams mainly especially for Form IV students, to insufficient preparation by students and teachers, prompting him to press officers in the education sector to improve teaching methods and be innovative.
"We have been doing well in increasing school buildings, student enrolment and training for our teaching staffs, but the quality of education is still unimpressive," said Shein. The workshop was one of the planned events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Isles revolution climaxing on January 12, 2014.
The President said his government has been working hard to make sure that the welfare of teachers improves gradually alongside providing teaching facilities.He also said that the government has been supporting higher learning by giving loans, as he emphasized on paying back the loans.
The Vice Chancellor of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Prof Idrisa Rai, thanked the government for the ongoing visible changes in the education sector. Some of the papers to be presented and discussed at the symposium include 'impact of moral decay on education,' 'Zanzibar teachers working conditions,' 'Zanzibar education policy-2006, its opportunities and challenges,' and '50 years of Zanzibar education, challenges and prospects.'