Tanzania: Corrupt Teachers' Committees in Hot Soup

DEPUTY Permanent Secretary of the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI), Gerald Mweli, has told the Teachers' Service Commission (TSC) to assess whether the recent process to promote teachers had any indications of corruption.

Mr Mweli said the assessment would help in clearing doubts among some suspicious teachers.

He made the statement in Dodoma on Monday while opening a training for teacher's committees from Dodoma, Iringa, Singida and Manyara regions.

He said there were complaints about how the process was conducted.

"I urge you to make an assessment on the whole process, we want to know if the exercise was fair and no corrupt practices were involved in all stages," he said.

The deputy permanent secretary said his docket had received complaints from some teachers, claiming that some teachers' committees at district level had promoted some teachers under the influence of bribes, considering that the particular teachers did not meet the criteria.

He hinted that promoted teachers should be those with high performance as indicated in an Open Performance Review and Appraisal System (OPRAS) and disciplined.

"So the assessment should be done to determine if the promoted teachers meet that criteria," Mr Mweli ordered.

He said the assessment must be done as soon as possible to determine whether some district committees were corrupted to promote teachers.

"If it is found that members of some committees promoted a teacher after taking bribes, then stern action should be taken against the culprits," he stressed.

He also called on the Commission to ensure that it establishes a Customer Service Center for teachers to have an opportunity to contact the Commission whenever they encounter challenges in implementing their duties.

Mweli hinted that TAMISEMI have already paid for installation of the system, so the TSC has a duty to offer specialists and a special room for that purpose of receiving teachers' complaints and work on them on time to address teachers' challenges.

He also said that despite the good idea of building capacity among teacher's committees at district level, it was important for the Commission to first establish a digital system for keeping teachers' information.

The personal details should include employment history, discipline and other relevant details.

However, he ordered that the online system for uploading teachers' information should be ready within six months for stakeholders to access such details.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Teachers' Service Commission, Professor Willy Komba commended TAMISEMI for its support in addressing various issues, including promotions.

Professor Komba called on the ministry to continue working closely with the Commission in supporting teachers' recruitment, transport for teachers in the districts, teaching facilities as well as ensuring that teachers get their dues.

TSC Executive Secretary, Paulina Nkwama said the objective of organizing the training for district teachers' committees was to build capacity on teacher recruitment, discipline and development.

Nkwama said they have done capacity building training for district teachers' committees from Eastern Zone, Lake Zone and they are now doing it in the Central Zone.

She argued that the capacity building training was vital in helping those committees become effective and perform their duties well.

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