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'Lost generation in science education'

‘Education experts fear an entire generation of students, passing through ward secondary schools, will miss opportunities to enter science-related fields in future. The biggest threats facing these schools- whose learners are mostly from poor families- include a severe shortage of teachers, laboratories and books,’ Erick Kabendera’s article, ‘Ward secondary schools: a lost generation in science education’ begins. The report, published in The Citizen, was recognized with an Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania prize.

Failure by the government to provide sufficient funds for science education, including the budgeted capitation grant, as well as a lack of accountability for results, only exacerbate the problem and could lead to a shortage of scientists in Tanzania in the coming years, Kabendera says.

The article references a Twaweza publication that contends that more qualified teachers would be attracted to and remain in rural and community schools if the government addressed the reasons that currently drive them away. Twaweza Head, Rakesh Rajani, told Kabendera that ‘the country fails because we put more efforts on inputs (classrooms, enrolment and desks)... the amount of money Tanzania spends on education today is three times more than 10 years ago and the country is being praised internationally for increasing enrolment, but evidence shows that increasing inputs doesn’t lead to better results.’

Read the full article on the problems facing ward schools, and science education in particular, here

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