Secondary schools to teach entrepreneurship skills

11Feb 2016
SYLIVESTER DOMASA
The Guardian
Secondary schools to teach entrepreneurship skills

SECONDARY school students will soon start doing practical training and be taught entrepreneurial skills to make them self-reliant even before sitting for their final exams, compliments to government plans to tackle youth unemployment.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa made the revelation yesterday in Dar es Salaam when addressing the Economic Empowerment Working Meeting organised by the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC).

The premier made it clear that the government was reviewing its teaching curricula to allow students to become skillful and take up alternative skills to pursue different trade should they fail to continue with formal education.

“We want those completing secondary education to be able to set up and operate businesses, these, therefore, requires our education to be comprehensive,” he told the gathering.

Tanzania’s demographic survey shows that youth represents roughly 18 percent of the total population.

The figure estimated at 4.4 million in 1990 and 8.1 million in 2010 is expected to reach 11 million by 2020 and 15 million come 2013.

But the prime minister said the government has made positive headway and that the new initiative would help reduce mass unemployment.

He noted that NEEC has already developed the national entrepreneurship training framework (NETF) in collaboration with education stakeholders.

“The framework is part of the national economic empowerment policy which was adopted to improve people’s participation in the national economy, improve business environment and infrastructure,” he said.

During the same occasion, Majaliwa launched the National Multisectoral Strategic Framework for Economic Empowerment (NMSFEE) guidelines for local and central government authorities.