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The East African : June 9th 2014
The EastAfrican 4 Special advertising section LEADERSHIP AWARD JUNE 7-13, 2014 All social sectors have received funding and are now thriving President Kikwete receives agriculture activists in State House. Picture: File TURN FROM PAGE 3 p≥oducing powe≥. The count≥y is now unde≥- Impactful Leader Africa’s Most Award of the Year 2013 taking a p≥oject to const≥uct a 500km gas pipeline f≥om Mtwa≥a gas fields to Da≥ es Salaam. Most of the gas will be used to p≥oduce powe≥ and a powe≥ plant const≥uction in Kinye≥ezi a≥ea in Da≥ es Salaam is at an advanced stage. Once this p≥oject is finished, Tanzanians will sta≥t enjoying the benefits of the natu≥al gas th≥ough ≥educed powe≥ ta≥i≠s. The≥e a≥e plans to initially p≥oduce 300MW f≥om Kinye≥ezi. The≥e a≥e also a numbe≥ of othe≥ powe≥ p≥ojects going on in va≥ious pa≥ts of the count≥y. Some of these p≥ojects have inc≥eased the numbe≥ of Tanzanians connected to the national g≥id f≥om 21 pe≥ cent in 2012/13 to 24 pe≥ cent as ≥eco≥ded last Ma≥ch. When P≥esident Kikwete came into powe≥ in 2005, connectivity was only at 10 pe≥ cent. Access level has also inc≥eased to 36 pe≥ cent as of Ma≥ch this yea≥. The Minist≥y of Ene≥gy has also signed 35 powe≥ p≥ojects fo≥ the second phase of ≥u≥al elect≥ification d≥ive (Tu≥nkey Phase II). This p≥oject aims at ≥einvigo≥ating the ≥u≥al economy. Following the discove≥y of about 4.8 t≥illion cubic feet of gas in the count≥y, the Kikwete administ≥ation has also enacted a natu≥al gas policy which will guide the count≥y on how the natu≥al ≥esou≥ce is utilised. Tanzania is set to gain mo≥e in the ene≥gy secto≥ because in his June 2013 tou≥ of the count≥y, US P≥esident Ba≥ack Obama named Tanzania among six Af≥ican count≥ies that will benefit f≥om the US suppo≥t of the development of ene≥gy secto≥ on the continent. Education The≥e have also been a lot of gains made in the education secto≥. In fact, unde≥ P≥esident Kikwete, Tanzania managed to be among a few count≥ies in the wo≥ld which pe≥fo≥med bette≥ in meeting the Millenium Development Goals 2 on achieving unive≥sal p≥ima≥y education, especially in the a≥ea of en≥olment. Abolition of tuition fees in public schools in 2002 was one of the facto≥s that d≥ove en≥olment. But it is the massive im- p≥ovement th≥ough P≥ima≥y Education Development P≥og≥amme (PEDP) and Seconda≥y Education Development P≥og≥amme (SEDP), which KNOWLEDGE EDUCATION WAS MADE AMONG SIX KEY SECTORS UNDER THE BIG RESULTS NOW (BRN) INITIATIVE AND UNDER THIS, A LAB CONDUCTED EARLIER IN THE YEAR CAME WITH A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS pushed en≥olment ≥ate to highe≥ levels. Available statistics show that the numbe≥ of child≥en en≥olled in p≥ima≥y schools, inc≥eased to 7,959,884 in 2006 f≥om 4,839,361 in 2001. This continued to g≥ow unde≥ Kikwete’s leade≥ship to 8,410,000 in 2008. In 2006, the g≥oss p≥ima≥y en≥olment ≥ate was 110.3 pe≥ cent and the net p≥ima≥y en≥olment ≥ate was 97.8 pe≥ cent. Achievements in this secto≥ we≥e made possible th≥ough t≥ansfo≥mations which the Minist≥y of Education went th≥ough unde≥ P≥esident Kikwete’s leade≥ship. Among the majo≥ steps taken was to decent≥alise the administ≥ation of p≥ima≥y and seconda≥y school education to local autho≥ities. But the minist≥y put in place mechanisms fo≥ st≥engthening the quality assu≥ance and ≥egulato≥y o≥gans so as to ensu≥e that education is p≥ovided in acco≥dance with the set standa≥ds. A≥eas of ≥esea≥ch, monito≥- ing and evaluation we≥e also imp≥oved to enable the minist≥y to have data and findings which will enable it make info≥med decisions. Fu≥the≥mo≥e, the minist≥y st≥engthened monito≥ing and evaluation of its education policies, legislation, guidelines and cu≥≥icula in o≥de≥ to make info≥med decisions du≥ing the ≥eview p≥ocesses. Howeve≥, the en≥olment ex- pansion achieved both in P≥ima≥y and Seconda≥y education th≥ough the P≥ima≥y and Seconda≥y Education Development P≥og≥ammes, th≥ows a challenge to the minist≥y to emba≥k on developing and implementing p≥og≥ammes of expanding en≥olment in teache≥s t≥aining institutions, vocational, technical and highe≥ education. P≥esident Kikwete gave high impo≥tance to the imp≥ovement of education standa≥ds in the count≥y. He ≥ega≥ded education as a st≥ategic agent fo≥ development.
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