Plans in the offing to renovate Kibaha folk college , says govt

14Jun 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Plans in the offing to renovate Kibaha folk college , says govt

THE government plans to renovate Kibaha Folk Development College (KFDC). The institution which was established 1964 is in dire need for facelift, the House heard yesterday.

Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office, Mwita Waitara.

Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office, Mwita Waitara said the envisioned rehabilitation will be implemented in accordance with availability of funds.

He said the ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training through the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) carried an evaluation for the renovation at the KFDC.

Waitara told the lawmakers that in addition to the government efforts, the institution prepared a project proposal, requesting funds from the government of Netherlands which eventually provided equipment worth 70 million/- that helped reduce shortage of learning equipment.

deputy minister said this in response to a question from Special Seats MP, Mary Muro (CHADEMA) who argued that the institution was in serious need of renovation.

“What are the plans to improve the learning environment at KFDC for it has dilapidated equipment and poor infrastructures?” she asked.

Deputy minister explained that KFDC was established in 1964, by then known Farmers Training Centre under sponsorship from the government of Norway through the Tanganyika Nordic Project.

He said after it was handed over to the government of Tanzania in 1970, the name was changed to Kibaha Education Centre under KFDC.

In 1975 when folk colleges were established, the institution was named FDC under the ministry of Education and it is one of such 55 colleges in the country.

“It is true, the institution has not been renovated for a very long time but through own sources of revenues, it has been partially rehabilitated,” said the deputy minister.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday stated that it has no plans to pay salaries to village chairpersons, saying they are not in the government category of employment according to the regulations.

The deputy minister, Waitara said despite the good work being done by the local authority leaders, their remunerations are payable by the district councils as they hold elective positions.