Dodoma — THE government has set aside 20bn/- for construction of teachers' residential houses in 40 municipalities countrywide.
Answering a question from Lolesia Bukwimba (CCM-Busanda), who wanted to know the measures being taken to address the acute shortages of teachers' houses, the Deputy Minister (Local Government and Regional Administration), Kassim Majaliwa, said that the money will be spent on the project this financial year.
He told the National Assembly that they have also come up with a special strategy that will see to it that teacher's houses are constructed annually in phases.
His ministry has sanctioned the idea. Mr Majaliwa said that each municipality will receive 500m/- for teacher's house construction. In the same token, special consideration has been given to schools in remote areas and newly established regions.
He said that the government also issued 12.9bn/- between 2009 and 2012 for the same purpose under the primary and secondary school education development programmes. He added that Geita Region was among the beneficiaries of the package.
He assured the MP for Bukwimba that many more projects are in the pipeline as the government is planning to eliminate the problem.
On the shortage of teachers, Mr Majaliwa said the state has been enrolling new teachers from year to year and allocating them according to needs to ensure that the teacher-student ratio matches.
Moreover, he said, they have come up with a new formula for improving the working and reception arrangement of the newly recruited teachers so they all remain in their stations instead of pressing for transfers upon reporting at the new stations.
He said that according to the new allocation list of teachers early this year, Geita Region has been given 341 primary school teachers.
Already, 340 of them have reported. Their share for secondary school teachers was 124 and 120 are already in their new stations. Moreover, he said, some of the teachers have been posted to Buyagu, Kageye, Mnekezi, Ntono and Nyamisebei.