Primary Education

Primary School education became free for all Tanzanians in 2002 - an admirable achievement for such a poor country. However, this has led to a surge in school attendance, without an accompanying increase in the provision of classroom facilities.

Typical classroom numbers are 90 plus children. Most of the lessons are aural due to insufficient books, paper or writing materials.

A typical district village school has 503 pupils with average class sizes of 80 in just 6 classrooms. Some of the classes are held in shifts and even then, some children sit on the floor.

Teachers are allocated to schools depending on how many classroom buildings the school has, rather than numbers of pupils, so building new classrooms, not only gives children more room, but has the more significant effect of providing more teachers.

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