By Azania Post Reporter
A total of 1,000 public secondary schools in Tanzania have already received laboratory equipment since distribution exercise started mid this year, the Parliament in Dodoma region was told.
This was said in the House by the Minister of State, President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Selemani Jafo, when responding to a supplementary question by Malinyi legislator, Dr Haji Mponda (CCM).
The MP had wanted to understand as to when will a secondary at his constituency get laboratory equipment since the building has already completed.
“We have construct the building since last year but do not get the equipment up moment , when shall we have it? He asked.
Responding , Minister Jafo said that the goverment has already started to distribute the said laboratory equipment to various public secondary schools countrywide.
“So far we have distributed to 1,000 schools and the exercise is expected to be completed before February next year, “he asserted.
Launching the equipment assortment distribution exercise in Dar es Salaam , mid this year, Prime Minister Kasimu Majaliwa directed all councils to complete the construction of laboratories in their respective areas of jurisdiction, to facilitate success of the initiative, and told the audience: "The laboratory equipment will be distributed only to secondary schools that have laboratories.
He called on parents, guardians and community members at large to encourage their children to take their studies seriously, and take absolute care of the equipment. "We invested a lot of money in this equipment. I am passionately calling upon you the students and teachers to use it properly and maintain consistently," he stressed.
The Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, explained that distribution of the equipment would cover 11 education zones that comprise 1,625 public schools and 71 old schools.