Tanzania enrolls over one million pupils under free education

Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Saturday a total of 1.3 million pupils have been enrolled for primary school education all over the country as a result of the introduction of the free education policy.

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Speaking to Dar es Salaam elders, the president said his government was determined to fulfill its promises to people and that the education sector was one of his major priorities.

John Magufuli
John Magufuli
However, President Magufuli said the introduction of free education policy was facing various challenges, including shortage of classrooms and desks.

“I would like to tell you this fact that anything good comes with challenges. We are facing many challenges in offering free education, but I can assure you that we are prepared to face them and we will make sure they are resolved for the betterment of our children’s future,” said President Magufuli.

He said the government had set aside 69 million U.S. dollars for provision of free education starting January this year to June next year.

“We allocated 69 million U.S. dollars for provision of free education, but with these challenges, we are looking forward to double the amount,” he said.

Magufuli reiterated his intention for free education when inaugurating Parliament in December last year.
“And when I say free education, I indeed mean free education,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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