Thursday November 3, 2011 [TABLE="class: gsc-search-box"] [TR] [TD="class: gsc-input"][/TD] [TD="class: gsc-search-button"][/TD] [TD="class: gsc-clear-button"] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE="class: gsc-branding"] [TR] [TD="class: gsc-branding-user-defined"][/TD] [TD="class: gsc-branding-text"]powered by [/TD] [TD="class: gsc-branding-img"] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Fix education mess, donors tell Tanzania Rating By POLYCARP MACHIRA NATION Correspondent Dar es Salaam, Wednesday Posted Wednesday, November 2 2011 at 20:21 Development partners on Wednesday expressed concern over poor performance in primary and secondary education in the country, calling for concerted efforts to reverse the pathetic trend. The development partners are convinced that it will not be possible to ensure quality education at higher levels unless there is a strong foundation on which to build. The worries were expressed by the Canadian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mr Robert Orr, during a joint education sector review working session in Dar es Salaam. In order to improve the standard of education, they suggested the need to provide handsome incentive packages to teachers and provide schools with enough books and laboratories. Mr Orr said while the group recognizes the actions taken by the government to respond to challenges facing education sector, but a lot more need to be done to improve the standard of education including performance at national examinations. Biggest challenge Mr Orr who represented the Education Development Partners Group (ED-DPG) said from their perspective, the biggest challenge facing Tanzanias education sector today is of ensuring high quality education at all levels. The partners include Canada, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as African Development Bank, Unesco, Unicef, the World Bank and the World Food Programme. Canada is the current chair of the ED-DPG. Share This Story 14Share Related Stories Goodbye Wangari In 2010/2011, the members of the ED-DPG contributed more than Sh279 billion to education sector in Tanzania. The vast majority of this funding, approximately Sh250 billion was earmarked to support mainland in education sector activities. According to the High Commissioner, at primary level, the proportion of pupils passing the final examination has hovered around 50 per cent for the past four years while at secondary level the proportion of students passing form four examinations has plummeted from 90 per cent in 2007 to 50 percent in 2010. It is not sufficient to simply allocate teachers and textbooks to schools, we must ensure that teachers are actually in the classrooms and motivated, he said.