THE selection of students joining Form One for the 2017/18 academic year was announced here on Thursday indicating an increase of nearly 24 per cent or 124,209 students.
Minister in the office of the President (Regional Administration and Local Governments) Mr Suleiman Jafo, announced that 650,862 students out of 662,035 qualifying students will be joining secondary education next year.
“All 1,912 pupils with special needs who passed their final standard seven exams have also been selected to join secondary education,” Mr Jafo told a press conference in Dodoma Thursday.
According to the Minister, at least 11,173 pupils equivalent to 1.69 per cent were not selected during the first round. The Minister attributed the development to shortage of infrastructures notably classrooms in part of councils.
Figures from the ministry shows Lindi is in short of 170 classrooms, Mbeya (3,092), Rukwa (4,091), Manyara (1,268), Katavi (976) and Simiyu (1,576). As a result, the Minister said, some councils failed to allocate schools for its qualified pupils.
He named the councils and number of pupils left out as Lindi (170 pupils), Chunya (80), Mbeya DC (207), Mbeya CC (1,227), Mbarali (1,578), Kalambo (166), Nkasi (1,318) and Sumbawanga (1,054). Other councils, Sumbawanga MC (1,553), Babati (581), Hanang (687), Mpanda (262), Nsimbo (714) Bariadi (369) and Busega 1,207 pupils.
“The government aim is to ensure all the pupils who passed their exams continue with secondary education. I have directed all the Regional and District Commissioners to ensure space for these pupils who qualified to further their education,” he said.
The government was optimistic that after completing construction of classrooms in such regions, all qualifying pupils will be called to join their secondary education studies. Secondary schools are scheduled for opening next month and all students are required to report by January 8th.
He warned over student dropout saying that all those who were selected are to complete their education without being interrupted.
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