Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Wazazi Schools Told to Pull Up Socks

Dodoma — THE Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, has challenged the parents wing of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi-WAZAZI- to make sure its projects including secondary schools are revived to be able to compete effectively.

Mr Pinda's remarks have come a day after the results of Form Four national examinations were announced, once again revealing poor performance of the schools under WAZAZI.

Opening the Wing leaders' meeting here yesterday, the Premier challenged Wazazi to work hard to revive the schools which were a shining example among other government and even private schools in the past.

"It is high time these schools were revived to regain their lost glory for we are aware that many were sabotaged by the people who were supposed to safeguard them," he said.

The Premier said it was a shame that the schools originally under the Tanzania Parents Association (TAPA) are in such a pathetic state while the wing has many potential and educated members who can intervene and rescue the situation.

He wished that at least one- WAZAZI school should be in the top ten list released by the National Examination Council annually adding that that could only be possible when leaders of those schools were accountable and responsible.

Mr Pinda underscored the need for the organisation to be creative and innovative by not only reviving its Secondary Schools but also go the extra mile and establish Teacher Training Colleges and Universities in the future.

But to achieve these, he said, the organisation has to walk the talk and be independent economically through its abundant resources and dormant projects scattered across the country.

On moral decay in the society, Mr Pinda said the "Umoja wa Wazazi" should immediately take up its responsibility of safeguarding morals especially among the young generation whose future is threatened by the present moral decay.

Giving an example, he said the organisation should take up a leading role in fighting increasing narcotic drugs consumption among the youth by establishing rehabilitation, counselling and even education centres to fight the menace.

He also took the opportunity to caution on corruption elements in the coming election and warned that CCM might find itself dying a natural death if its members keep on entertaining corruption.

"Using money during elections is poisonous and I urge you to fight the malpractice and make sure CCM come off this shame..Otherwise Tanzanians will punish us one day," he said.

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