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English is stumbling block to Forestry students

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    By Janet Albert
    For the students of Olmotonyi Forestry Training Institute, English is more of a jungle than a medium of teaching.
    The College Principal Isaiah Mnangonwe stated recently that the major challenge facing his staff is that of communication since most students are not conversant with the queen’s language which apparently is the medium of teaching at the college located north west of Ngaramtoni township.
    “Majority of our students do not understand English and this makes it difficult for the trainers to properly impact knowledge to their classes,” said the college Principal who appealed to the government, through the concerned ministry, to see the possibility of revamping the curriculum so that the subjects could be taught in Kiswahili.
    The principal pointed out that it was high time that people stopped politicizing the issue of medium of instructions in schools and higher learning institutions, adding that training in languages that students understand most was the best option.
    Olmotonyi Forestry Training Institute offers advanced Diploma in Forestry and Bee Keeping.
    Mr. Mnangonwe was speaking during 69th graduation Ceremony which took place at the Forestry training Institute premises. The occasion also marked the 72nd year since the establishment of the college. The Arusha based forestry institute was founded in 1937.
    The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural resources and Tourism, Dr. Ladislaus Komba was the guest of honor at the graduation event where a total of 88 students graduated in Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Forestry and Bee Keeping.
    Among the Advanced Diploma graduates in forestry and bee keeping there were 20 females and 32 males while the combined Diploma of forestry and bee keeping featured seven females and 29 male graduates.
    The students commented on the shortage of teachers at the institute which when coupled with inadequate facilities at the Arusha campus is a challenge that has been making training hard for both teachers and students.

    The Guest of honor said the government was in the process of shifting the bee keeping training department from Arusha to Tabora region adding that the lessons in that particular subject are expected to commence at the Tabora Campus effective from 2010.

    Source Arusha Times