Teachers being retrained in basic subjects

Teachers are headed back to school to re-learn basic subjects in an effort to raise the grades of their students. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Teachers are headed back to school to re-learn basic subjects in an effort to raise the grades of their students. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

In an effort to improve education across the country, a teacher retraining plan in districts which perform poorly in exams has been implemented.

“We are aiming to increase the capacity of teachers in teaching Maths, English and Kiswahili,” says deputy minister for Education and Vocational Training Anne Kilango-Malecela.

The pass rate in those three subjects sat at around 31 percent in 2012, something which ‘deeply concerns’ the government, says Kilango-Malecela, who wants to see the pass rate above 80 percent.

“We want to reverse things so that at least [students] have some elementary knowledge of what they have studied for seven years. They are basic subjects for all students to understand.”

Teacher retraining is not new: 600 teachers have already been given additional training in over 40 districts, says Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) communication manager Silvia Lupembe.

Kilango-Malecela says the target is to provide re-training for over 18,000 educators.

 

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