Tanzania Govt wants to have policy soon on distance learning
5th Jan 2012
16th December, Friday - On 47th graduation ceremony of IAE (Institute of Adult Education), Deputy Minister of Tanzania for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Philipo Mulugo in his speech said that there are lots of unofficial Tuition Centres across the country has been established, which has not officially recognized in the country’s education system. He also said that with Open & Distance Learning Teaching Aid, it is going to liberate citizens from attending all these fake “Tuition Centres”. Aware the situation how these unauthorized Tuition Centres can weaken the country’s economy and education system, he also asked IAE to finalise the national policy on distance learning as quick as possible in order to control increasing number of informal education centres across the country.
Mr Philipo Mulugo said these centres opened themselves randomly without any registration. Their curriculum not recognized, hence they are not to offer services at their centres. In fact, by doing this they are just jeopardizing careers of many students. He said before opening and operating any centres, National Policy on Distance Learning & Teaching Aid should provide proper guidelines to all players, including IAE, with present regulations as well as the rules to be considered.
Mr Mulugo also praises IAE’s role for helping Government to remove illiteracy from the country and provides opportunities to Tanzanians who were not willing to go for further studies after completing their primary education.
He also cited the problem where he has mentioned that illiteracy has reaches 32%, among whom they just can’t count, read or write on their own. He hailed IAE’s program called the Integrated Post Primary Education (IPPE) that offers opportunities to all primary school leavers and it also opens more education prospects for them.
As per him with collaboration with UNICEF, program IPPE will be implemented. And with this open and distance learning will be studied in 7 districts in first place including Same and Temeke.
For information of all Tanzanians, if you do not know what Tanzania Institute of Adult Education actually does and about its existence? then you must know that IAE was actually established by the Parliamentary act No. 12 of 1975 and the role of institute is to undertake various researches, to advice & to deal with development of adult education in the country.
Article Source -> http://thecitizen.co.tz ,Published on Sunday, 18 December 2011 at 11:42