SOME members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives have advised the government to speed up the process of hiring teachers and creating enough room for absorbing pupils, as among the prerequisites for improving education.
Debating the budget proposals for the 'Minister of State (President's Office - Regional Administration, Local Government, and Special departments), the lawmakers said shortage of teachers and lack of desks constituted a critical problem.
The Office is also responsible for the ongoing Decentralisation by Devolution project. Mr Hamad Abdalla Rashid (CCMWawi) and Mr Ali Suleiman Ali (CCMKijitoupele) argued that the implementation of the decentralisation policy in education could not succeed without overcoming those problems.
In his response, the Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training Mr Mmanga Mjengo Mjawir, said that while they were being addressed, the government had received more than 1.4bn/= for desks from donors and 'school desks port fee.
' He said: "We need 113,790 to address the shortage of desks, but through the money we have collected so far, we expect to get 30,300 pieces of furniture from a Chinese firm. This will ease the demand, as we appeal to people to continue donating."