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Citizens give views on the learning crisis in Tanzania

Parents perceive a downward trend in the quality of secondary schooling, and largely blame the government and teachers for the decline.  Parents urge the government to increase the number of teachers who are better qualified and properly paid in order to improve education in Tanzania.

These findings were released in a Twaweza brief titled Form Four Examination Results:  Citizens report on the learning crisis in Tanzania. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, a nationally representative mobile phone survey of households across mainland Tanzania. Respondents were asked questions about their views on education, and to identify challenges and ways to improve. The views were sought from 18 March to 3 April 2013 before the recent announcement by the government of the annulment of the 2012 Form Four results.

Of all those surveyed, almost 7 out of 10 citizens (68%) were aware that the Form Four results for 2012 had been published. Respondents overwhelmingly perceived a decline in the quality of secondary education in the past 10 years with about 8 out of 10 citizens (83%) indicating that they felt education had deteriorated. This is consistent with official statistics including the Ministry of Education’s Basic Education Statistics in Tanzania (BEST).

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