Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Philipo Mulugo

The Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training Phillip Mulugo has banned tuition fees which primary and secondary school children pay saying it promoted unequal opportunities between rich and poor students.

Briefing journalists on his tour of primary schools in Dar es Salaam Region, Mulugo said in a bid to convince pupils to join the evening classes, teachers were refusing to repeat some of the topics taught in normal classes.

He said it was unfair for teachers to concentrate on those who attend after-class learning sessions, saying the tendency has contributed to rising ignorance especially in primary schools.

“There should be no fee charged for evening classes from now. Pupils should only be allowed to make contributions for other things as directed by the government”, he noted.

He gave all head teachers up to February 28th, this year to submit to his office the number of pupils who doesn’t know how to read and write.

The minister said the level of ignorance among pupils was growing daily, adding: “Throughout my visit in Dar es Salaam I have noted the presence of pupils who don’t know how to read and write.”

Mulugo appealed to head teachers to closely monitor expenditure of school funds to minimise complaints from parents. He said schools must organize meetings between teachers, parents and pupils where various issues including expenditures should be discussed.

He said pupils in Dar es Salaam schools have to contribute in accordance with the recent circular whereby for Kinondoni pupils are required to contribute 5,000/- for caution money, 5,000/- for identity card 15,000/- for desks and 2,000/-for school logos to be sewn onto their uniforms.

He said starting next year all the school will be subjected to similar contributions. He said that Kinondoni was charging higher contributions for desks compared to other schools in Temeke and Ilala district

According to him, pupils in Temeke district contribute 4,000/- for desks and chairs and 5, 000/- for school watchman.

He stressed that all the payments should be approved by the district education officer upon issuance of receipts.

He reiterated that Form Two students will have to get 30 percent overall pass to be allowed to progress with secondary education. He also cautioned all registered schools to stop allowing students from unregistered education centres to sit for final exams from the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA), explaining that some of the students lacked qualifications.

Source The Guardian

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