The government plans to hire and deploy 28,746 teachers in primary and secondary schools starting this month, a move that will reduce by more than half the shortage of teaching staff in government schools in the country.
Tanzania’s President, Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
According to a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications, the country so far has a shortage of 57,177 teachers in government schools, a problem that the State has pledged to eliminate in the coming few years. The new teachers will be drawn from various universities in the country.
President Jakaya Kikwete said in Igunga in Tabora Region on Monday that the State will deploy 14,600 new teachers in primary schools and 14,060 teachers will be posted in secondary schools. A further 80 teachers will be sent to teacher training colleges.
Addressing thousands of residents at Barafu stadium in Igunga, President Kikwete said that the regions with the greatest shortage of teachers would be given priority in the allocation. Tabora Region is one of the regions with the most critical shortage of teachers, with the deficit reaching 2,055.
Igunga District has a shortage of 285 teachers. This will be the second consecutive year that the government employs and deploys a large number of teachers of primary and secondary schools in a bid to end the problem of shortage of teachers. In 2011, the government hired and deployed 24,621 teachers, of whom 11,379 were posted to primary schools and 13,246 teachers were sent to secondary schools.