Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Laboratory Construction Pace Slow in Kagera

THE Regional Commissioner for Kagera, Col. (retired) Fabian Massawe, has asserted that not a single country in the world will acquire economic development without close help from its science experts.

Col. Massawe said when inspecting school development projects in Misenyi, Karagwe, Kyerwa and Ngara Districts, which are being implemented by the 'wananchi' with support from donors and the government of Tanzania.

The projects, which are in the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative, include construction of science laboratories in government secondary schools.

The RC told a gathering that construction of secondary school science laboratories is a directive from President Jakaya Kikwete.

The upshot of the directive is to prepare youths to have adequate knowledge and skills in terms of science and technology so they compete respectably in the labour market under globalisation. He stressed that the president's directive should not be shunned.

"Construction of this science laboratory needs a greater push since we agreed that by December, this year each school should have two laboratory rooms. We also agreed that by next year we will have accomplished construction of the third room.

"So, I have come here in the hope of being shown two complete science laboratory rooms. Unfortunately, progress has been slow. In some schools work has not begun yet. Some schools have only one room. I now order that by next June each school should have two science rooms," Col. Massawe said.

"Construction of school laboratories is a directive from the president. I will not sit back and watch as you laze about in this project.

Each one of you must work hard," the RC ordered. "I will report project progress to the president," he said. Col. Massawe said that not a single country in the world achieved economic or other type of development without assistance from science experts.

He urged villagers to participate fully in the projects shunting in construction materials or making monetary contributions.

The RC directed the leadership in Ngara District to arraign parents or guardians who desert their families and deny their children chance to attend school.

He was bitter that some parents withdraw their daughters from schools so they work in domestic service. He ordered that all girls who are in domestic service be taken back to their respective schools so they continue with their studies.

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