From a recent article in the Tanzania Daily News:
PM Lays Stress on Fair Learning
Dodoma — More strategic approaches are to be employed to improve the
learning environment in the country, Premier Mizengo Pinda has said,
insisting that providing education to the Tanzanian child is
Officiating at the opening of Education Week here, the Prime
Minister said there was no excuse for any child to miss out on schooling
as the government was working round the clock to ensure its effective
"Our constitution clearly states that every child must get education. It is not a thing to be debated. As government, we only have to do one
thing - to ensure that every child gets it," he noted.
This year's Education Week started Monday, May 11th and is to run through Friday, May 15th
under the theme 'Quality Education; the Child's Right for National
Mr. Pinda said that celebrating Education Week came at the right time when
the country was joining the rest of the world in evaluating the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).
One of these MDGs was to ensure universal education for all, a thing
which Mr. Pinda explained had been one of the priorities of the fourth
phase of government.
The Prime Minister noted that marking Education Week was the
government's brainchild to ensure effective implementation of the Big
Results Now (BRN) initiative in the education sector.
He noted that the week includes exhibitions aimed at showcasing a number of successes so far
recorded in the sector.
"Through these exhibitions, the general public will have enough time
to learn the various achievements we have recorded since we started
implementing the BRN initiative.
There are also number of challenges that we have faced; these are what we need the public to understand," he asserted.
The Premier added that apart from demonstrating achievements in the
sector, Education Week was also a platform to honor students, teachers,
councils, and regions which recorded outstanding performance in the Standard
Seven and Form Four national examinations.
"We are doing this to motivate teachers and students to increase our
efforts. We are also creating friendly competition amongst our schools and
students," he noted.