Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Mwita Waitara said in the National Assembly yesterday the increasing number of pupils enrolled in public schools every year under free basic education exacerbates the problem.
Responding to a supplementary question by the Special Seats MP, Susan Lyimo (CHADEMA) who had said the government should have efforts to provide the learning materials every year, the deputy minister said the problem is always realized at the beginning of the year.
He directed all district executive directors (DED) in the country to take records of new enrolments in primary and secondary schools when the serious shortage is realized.
The deputy minister added that in effort to end the problem, the government has set aside 90bn/- for rehabilitation of schools and improving infrastructure.
"It is true shortage of desks is one of the challenges facing the education sector in the country, but I urge the DEDs to have always conduct census on the need whenever there are new enrolments" said Waitara.
In the main question, the Solwa MP, Ally Salum(CCM) had wanted to know how much money is budgeted for the completion of classrooms in the country.
He noted that there are 158 uncompleted primary school classrooms, awaiting roofing. "What is the exact amount of money set aside to complete the construction of classrooms?" he asked.
The deputy minister said in the 2018/19, the government disbursed Sh 29.9 for the completion of 2,392 secondary school classrooms, adding that Shinyanga district council was given 87.5 million/- for completing classrooms in seven secondary schools.
On the other hand, the deputy minister said the government will continue completing construction of 352 dispensaries at the cost of 184.6 billion/- where the focus is on those built using resources from members of the public.