Tanzania: Mwinyi Promises Further Investment in Education

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi yesterday pledged to continue investing in education at all levels and review policies to improve the sector so that much-needed professionals are produced. He also underscored the importance of embracing digital technology and harnessing its full potential in the education sector.

“This is a growing world of science and technology, and therefore we need to be well placed to fit in the competitive world by making our children computer literate. We also need to create employable graduates to accelerate development,” he said. Dr Mwinyi said this at the 17th graduation ceremony of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), after he presided over the awarding of certificates, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate degrees to the 2020/2021 graduates of the university in Unguja.

President Mwinyi, who is the Chancellor of the University, also highlighted other measures in improving education in Zanzibar, which include revising the scheme of service and salary structure to ensure the lecturers and staff of the university are paid according to their position, experience and level of education.

“In recognition of the efforts made by lecturers and staff of the university, the government has approved to ongoing reforms which include reviewing payments structure, to ensure everyone’s paid what he/she deserves, with consideration to position, duration of service and level of education,” he said.

Dr Mwinyi said that the government in collaboration with the university leadership and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training is looking for solutions to address the challenge of shortage of lecturers and other staff. “I urge SUZA management to prepare lecturers from among its best graduates, along with developing existing graduates and staff by coming up with specialized training programmes,” he said.