TANZANIA may continue facing acute shortage of teachers particularly in its Ward Secondary Schools if teaching environments and infrastructures remain unimproved. Students who graduated at the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) this year called for remedying of the status quo in many schools especially in Ward Secondary schools.
They were speaking at the graduation ceremony held on Saturday evening in the city, where the Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Ambassador Fulgence Kazaula, conferred first degrees to 786 students who graduated in various areas of academics. “It is true that we are supposed to work hard as soon as we are posted to teach in schools, but it is equally important to make sure that teaching environments in most schools are improved to motivate us join them,” said Ms Miho Asela, one of the graduates.
Principal of DUCE, Professor Salome Misana, said the University was struggling to make sure it provides competent skills to its students so as to produce proficient and knowledgeable teachers. She said, however, DUCE still faces shortcomings which include shortage of lecturers, at the moment standing at 198 academic staff, 100 of whom are still undergoing higher studies while the available 15 with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are hired from UDSM Main Campus. Prof. Misana also noted that DUCE was working towards overcoming some of the existing challenges where science laboratories and a Teachers’ Professional Centre were in the pipeline with their construction expected to take off between next month and April next year.
“We have received 290 computers and 884 books a well as equipment for Geographical Information Systems. And anytime from now, we’ll receive science lab equipment while making arrangements to distribute other received materials immediately,” she said.