Set aside 30% of budget for education - Mbatia
NCCR-Mageuzi national chairman, James Mbatia
Recurring mass failures by Form Four candidates has prompted stakeholders to propose that government dedicate at least 30 percent of next year's national budget to the education sector.
The stakeholders are imploring the Members of Parliament to push the government to give priority to education in the budget, arguing that it is the single major move that will improve the sector.
The proposal comes barely a week after 2013 National Form Four examination results were announced, showing mass failures, again.
In an interview with The Guardian yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the NCCR-Mageuzi national chairman, James Mbatia, described the results as 'pathetic and worse than last year's.'
said despite the grade reform that was done last year in the hope of improving the passing average, whereby the number of grades was increased from 4 (A, B, C and D) to the present 7 (A, B, B+, C, D, E and F) the results have not changed for the better.
, who is also a nominated legislator, said MPs should do their best to convince the government to allocate at least 30 percent of the national budget to the sector if education standards are to improve.
"Failure to improve education standards is like preparing half-baked future leaders who will end up leading the country to underdevelopment," he
said noting: "There is no way to achieve economic development short of better education."