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Partly because of its colonial past*1 , education in Tanzania is provided by a public and private sector. Pre-school and primary education is compulsory and ´free´ with the exception of all compulsory school supplies. Students are taught in the Kiswahili language. Unfortenately, due to the poor quality of teaching and the language barrier between primary education (Kiswahili language) and secondary education (Englisch), less than 30% of the public primary school pupils complete their secondary education.
The introduction of free pre-school and primary education has greatly increased accessibility in recent decades. About 87% of the children are enrolled in a kindergarten or primary school. Of course, that in itself is very good news, but the school facilities have not grown with them, so the quality of education is under pressure and is even very poor. Almost 60% of the teachers in public primary schools are under-qualified and only 8,6% of the teachers in nursery schools are actualy professionally qualified.
On averag, 1 teachter has 51 students in the classroom and 10 students use 1 textbook.
*1 In 1884 Germany occupied and appropiated Tanzania. Around 1918 England colonized Tanzania. Only around 1922 slavery was abolished in Tanzania and on december 9, 1961 Tanzanians celebrate their Independance Day. The Britisch precense still affects the education system today and people drive on the left side of the road for example.
Starting in a public primary school has the advantage that it is free*2 but the disadvantage is that the quality is insufficient and the students do not learn Englisch. We start and guide children in a private primary school. The result is better educationand the pupils learn Englisch language necesary to be able to continue in Englisch-speaking secondary education.
*2 Free education is not free. Parents are obliged to buy school supplies such as a uniform and this amounts to approximately € 52,00 per year. For many families this is not affordable every year. That is why many children drop out of school early and go to work. Half of the people live below the poverty line of 1 dollar a day.