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I was excited to hear about the new governments plans to support education by reducing fees for students.  Sadly this has now had a huge impact on our DST workshop for this month.

Yesterday only one teacher showed up for the session.  Word has it that school budgets are suffering and not only is there no money to provide stipends for teachers to attend the workshops but some schools are short of money for lunches as well.  Teachers are hesitant to spend their own money getting to the workshops only to turn around and improve the programs for the schools.  Understandably they are a bit angry.  Not sure how this may or may not affect their paycheques.  I haven’t heard anything about that but I would not be surprised if this causes delays in being paid.

Hopefully this will all be resolved as the government becomes apprised of the implications of their new “no school fees” for students policy.  Undoubtedly they will have to subsidize the schools for this new hole in their budgets.

I’ll need to ponder this a bit before deciding how to proceed.

(On a side note, January’s workshop was cancelled as Robert was sent way far out of town to help with a training program and Elizabeth’s mother died and she was attending to funeral arrangements and family business.  All teachers were appropriately notified in advance….Condolences and support were sent to Elizabeth and her family on behalf of DST and Deo was able to help out by providing transportation to the funeral.)

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2 Comments

  1. Those February disappointments really are a big disappointment. Its sounds as if Tanzania took an ill conceived page from the USA public school system. The expectation teachers will fill in budget short falls and help subsidize students. Tanzanian teachers simply cannot afford to fill in the gap. The public and lower cost private schools are already generally in a sorry state and needs real funding and invigoration or the next generation will be even more behind on the international stage.

    My condolences to Elizabeth. On 16 Feb 2016 13:50, “dosciencetanzania” wrote: > > dosciencetanzania posted: “I was excited to hear about the new governments plans to support education by reducing fees for students. Sadly this has now had a huge impact on our DST workshop for this month. Yesterday only one teacher showed up for the session. Word has it that sc” >

  2. Diana, The new “no school fees” policy sounded like good news, but like so many things, now here comes a downside! I’m certain you will make the best decision as to how to proceed. You have done such amazing work over these last five years. Keep us posted.


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