Vocational training team aims to empower teachers in Tanzania

18 Jan

Service in Action

By Thomas Walsh Jr., Member of the Rotary Club of Ames, Iowa, USA

Teacher shortages resulting from an increase in public secondary schools and a new required national testing system has created ongoing challenges for secondary education in Tanzania. As a result, the country has seen an increase in staff turnover, schools are hiring teachers with limited post-secondary education or formal teacher training, and students have lower test scores. With dropping school rankings, the country has seen a decrease in tuition revenue and delays in teachers’ salary payments. This has been compounded with limited English language instruction, required at the secondary level, as underqualified teachers don’t always have the proficiency or confidence to teach their subject entirely in the English language.

Schools report high numbers of younger teaching staff with limited curriculum resources and books.  Data gathered in Pare Mountain schools found that 69% of the teachers had less than…

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