By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The government of Tanzania is planning to employ 12,000 teachers in public primary and secondary schools, a senior official said on Tuesday.
“The government is in final stage of employing the 12,000 teachers,” said Selemani Jafo, the Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Regional Administration and Local Government.
Jafo said in a statement issued in capital Dodoma that for the last five years, the government has employed 18,000 teachers for public primary and secondary schools.
Jafo said the government has released a total of 1.09 trillion Tanzanian shillings (about 469 million U.S. dollars) for free education in the last five years.
The free education policy went in tandem with the improvement of schools’ infrastructure, including the construction of classrooms and science laboratories as well as the making of school desks, said Jafo.
“The free education policy has helped children from poor families to access education in both public primary and secondary schools,” he said.