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Education! Education! Education!, Pt 2

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Last week, Deputy Minister for Education and Vocation Training, Ms Mwantumu Mahiza told a room full of reporters that the reason the pass rate for form two national exams had fallen again was largely due to a lack of a sufficient number of teachers in class rooms across the country. In 2007 the pass rate stood at 91.9. It dropped to 73.5 per cent in 2008 and now for the 2009, it has plunged another 8.2%. From the Daily News:

Ms Mwantumu Mahiza, attributed the results to shortage of teachers and lack of science laboratories. 

She noted that most schools, especially the ward secondary schools, were facing a shortage of qualified teachers, particularly for science subjects. 

The deputy minister mentioned [that] other reasons [for] the exodus of teachers to other professions [may be because they went] in search of greener pastures.

Yes. They may have moved on to jobs where they don’t have to wait for months for their wages to be paid

Meanwhile, in other news, a teacher who is qualified and respected by his colleagues and wants to continue teaching was refused a job. Why? Well, apparently because the gentleman in question is a supporter of the opposition party, Chadema. Again, courtesy of the Daily News:

The government announced today that it won’t renew the contract for renowned political scientist and long-serving University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) don, Prof Mwesiga Baregu, as the institution of higher learning insisted that they badly needed his services. 

The Minister of State in the President’s Office, Public Service Management, Ms Hawa Ghasia, told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the decision was reached following Prof Baregu’s decision to participate in politics, which is against the Chief Secretary’s (Head of Public Service) Circular No. 1 of 2000. 

“The circular stipulates clearly the things that are forbidden for a public servant, which includes vying for any political post under a party’s constitution or becoming a leader in a political party,” she said. 

Ms Ghasia added that contrary to the circular, Prof Baregu has been a member of the opposition CHADEMA’s National Executive Committee, earlier as a nominated member and now as a fully-elected one. 

“Given such a background, it is obvious that the right of employment for Prof Baregu ceased in 1999 when he first retired as a public servant. And now that he has opted to become a politician, the law does not allow us to renew his contract,” she elaborated. 

And on it goes.

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