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Lessons from Jitegemee Primary School Graduation

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by BabuK, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    There was a courageous former pupil of Jitegemee Primary School in Kibaha, Coast Region who participated during the school's graduation ceremony over the week-end.
    He was invited to enlighten the occasion, but his assignment turned sour to those parents who see the education of their children less important than other things.
    Reciting a poem, Fadhili Salum (19) did not mince words in admonishing parents who contribute more to celebrations than in educational activities.
    "I am against parents who contribute even millions to things like traditional celebrations leaving their children expelled from school because of lack of school fees," he said sternly.
    He said even when parents are asked to contribute towards their children's food rations many parents in the area are reluctant to do so.
    "How do pupils pass exams when they go to school with empty stomachs?. You contribute more to weddings and ignore education," he intoned.
    He also dwelt on HIV/AIDS saying that some of the coastal tribes had customs that propelled the spread of the disease.
    To a deafening laughter, the boy uttered: "During initiation they tell their girls to have more sexual partners so that they could benefit from them and they tell their boys to have more partners to prove their manhood."
    The guest of honour at the ceremony, Commander- Dog and Horse Section- Superintendant of Police, (SP) Egyne Emmanuel gave the importance of education in another perspective.
    He said a society would always prevail in peace if many of its people are literate.
    He said schooling attracts employment for many. If people are not employed because of their poor education it means life to them would be difficult and therefore many would resort to crime to make ends meet," he said.
    "In many police swoops we do in the country, the bad people we catch are mostly those who did not attend school well," he said.
    He said efforts done by Jitegemee Primary School to make many of the Standard Seven school pupils continue with education was commendable and was aimed at making more Tanzanian more likely to be attractive in the employment market.
    SP Emmanuel thanked the school administration for accommodating a police teacher in a new community policing initiative.
    According to the school administration the school has achieved highly in curbing truancy because of the police teacher.
    Because of the police teacher, the school has also managed to teach its pupils on the road use by learning traffic regulations.
    The teacher also taught them children's rights and obligations. They also now have confidence to report to the police any kind of harassment they would get from the society.
    With 20 teachers Jitegemee Primary School with 18 streams was officially opened 2004. It has 645 pupils out of whom 315 are girls and 330 are boys. There are 90 pre-school children (43boys and 47 girls). It has 18 streams and 20 teachers.
    It is performing well academically, according to its head teacher Sapiensia Kilongozi. Last year for example out of 90 pupils who did the National Standard Seven exam, 61 passed.
    They consisted of 34 boys and 27 girls. As for those who did the National Standard Four examinations all passed. In June this year during Standard Seven mock examinations all passed becoming the first school in the district comprising of 37 primary schools.
    There are however several challenges facing the school. The school has no teachers' office, a class for the pres-school children and desks for 137 pupils. It also lacks 27 chairs for teachers, nine classes and some pit latrines. The pit latrines were destroyed in 2008 during the torrential rains.
    The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), has tried to solve the desk scarcity problem by donating 30 desks worth 1,650,000/- .
    Speaking at the event, the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Senior Communications Officer, Luhende Singu said his organization proud to take part in solving the problems facing the school.
    He asked parents to contribute to solving the desk programme saying that without good learning environment pupils cannot make headway.
    He said it was strange to note that "many students have coaches in their households but sit on the floor in school."
  2. pmwasyoke

    pmwasyoke JF-Expert Member

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    Ni aibu kwa National Health Insurance Fund kuchangia 1,650,000 tu. They should have solved the desk problem at the school, not merely "tried to solve"
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    Mapinduzi JF-Expert Member

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    NHIF kwaa sasa hivi wanavyo'try to solve' wanachama inatulazimu kupewa dawa za bei rahisi na kuwa limited kwenye aina ya matibabu. waki'solve' nahisi hatutatibiwa kabisa!