Fresh concern over lecturer shortage in universities

Universities in Tanzania are grappling with a shortage of qualified lecturers, according to university heads. The revelation comes at a time when education stakeholders are voicing concern about the quality of graduates in the country, writes Jacob Mosenda for The Citizen.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam at a meeting that brought together the government, university vice-chancellors and key education stakeholders recently, the Mzumbe University Vice-Chancellor Professor Lughano Kusiluka said the problem remains unresolved despite many appeals. “We have witnessed in other areas staff members being employed regularly, but it seems universities have been forgotten. We ask that this area also be considered,” he said.

Responding to the request, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Professor Joyce Ndalichako told The Citizen that the problem was well documented, and that there was an allocation of funds that would provide scholarships to 1,000 academics and make it possible for them to qualify for university teaching. “This is one of the steps we are taking to ensure that quality education is provided at our higher learning institutions. We need to find lasting solutions to these challenges,” she said.
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