Monday, October 14, 2013

Newsletter No. 4 from UNESCO's Consultants

Newsletter from UNESCO’s Consultant

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Standard Seven pupils sit for the final exams

At least 868,030 standard seven pupils in the country are set to sit for the national examinations on Wednesday and Thursday this week, it has been revealed.

Briefing journalists in Dar es Salaam on 9th September 2013, the Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Philipo Mulugo said of the candidates, 455,925 are girls (52.52 percent) and 412,105 boys (47.47 percent).

“We have made the necessary preparations, including the distribution of examination papers, optical marker reader (OMR) forms and all the documents which are needed at   the time of writing the exams, “he said.                                   Philipo Mulugo, Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister

He said 844,810 pupils are expected to write their exams in Kiswahili, of which 400,335 are boys and 444,475 are girls, while 22,535 others will write theirs in English, their language of instruction at the schools.

He also said 597 candidates are visually impaired and that 546 of them are expected to write their exams in Kiswahili while the remaining 51 pupils will write theirs in English.

Mulugo called on all the regional and council education officers to ensure all the necessary procedures are observed to avoid unnecessary hitches.

“I call upon all the supervisors to abide by the laws and regulations during the examinations period.”

The deputy minister defended the optical marker reader (OMR) system, saying it had helped to curb cheating and other malpractices.
Monday, February 4, 2013

Malagarasi Bridge Erection Nears Completion


THE construction of Malagarasi Bridge in Kigoma Region is set to be completed and handed over to the government in October, this year, which is two months ahead of schedule, the Project Manager, Mr Jung Sik You has confirmed. Mr You revealed the information here before the Secretary General of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, who was accompanied by the members of the ruling party secretariat to inspect various projects in the region.

The 275m-bridge constructed by the Hanil Engineering Company from South Korea was scheduled to be completed in December, this year. "Around 89 per cent of the project had been completed and by October, this year we will hand over the project to the government," he said, adding that the first and second lot of the project will be completed this year.

Addressing 'wananchi' at the construction site in Uvinza District, Mr Kinana said President Jakaya Kikwete is expected to inaugurate the project upon its completion. He said that the bridge is expected to ease movement of people from one place to another. Mr Kinana said that the construction of the project is facilitated by the government with the aim of bringing economic development to Kigoma and the rest of the regions. The bridge would connect the people of Kigoma with other regions in the country, including Burundi.

According to Mr Kinana, the construction of the bridge was part of the CCM 2010 election manifesto. Meanwhile, the construction of Kigoma Airport would be completed in June, this year, resident project engineer, Mr Cleopa Mpembeni has said. Mr Kinana has assured Kigoma residents of improved development . "Our aim is to ensure that you receive better services by conducting business from various parts of the country and abroad," he said. Mr Kinana together with the party secretariat members are in the region to inspect various development projects.

Kikwete in Kigoma


THE Chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ruling party, President Jakaya Kikwete, arrived here yesterday to grace the 36 years anniversary celebrations which are to be held here today.
Upon his arrival, President Kikwete was received by thousands of people, including CCM leaders and other dignitaries from neighbouring countries. The CCM Vice-Chairman (Mainland), Mr Philip Mangula, Secretary General Abdulrhaman Kinana and NEC Secretariat members: Dr Asha- Rose Migiro, the Secretary -Politics and International Relations and Nape Nnauye, the Secretary for Ideology and Publicity,met the president at the airport. The celebrations will be held today at Lake Tanganyika Grounds, in Kigoma Town.

The Secretary General of the ruling party of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Evarist Boshabe, was among the visitors who arrived yesterday morning to grace the celebrations. Speaking shortly after the arrival, the Ideology and Publicity Secretary of the Congolese party, Tanzania Branch, Mr Emannuel Mbashwa, said that Mr Bosheba's presence demonstrated support and commitment to President Kikwete's initiative in the development of Kigoma Region. "Kigoma has really developed compared to 15 years back... many infrastructures have been instituted opening business opportunities between the two countries," he said. Meanwhile, President Kikwete is expected tomorrow to lay a foundation stone at Malagarasi Bridge construction located in Uvinza District.

Director-General denounces murder of Tanzanian Community radio reporter Issa Ngumba


Director-General denounces murder of Tanzanian Community radio reporter Issa Ngumba

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of Tanzanian community radio reporter Issa Ngumba earlier this month.

“I condemn the murder of Issa Ngumba,” the Director-General said. “I trust the authorities will do all they can to elucidate this crime. It is essential that attacks on media workers be prosecuted so as to uphold the basic human right of freedom of expression. Safety contributes to journalists’ ability to inform public debate, the bedrock of democracy.”
Ngumba, 45, a reporter for Radio Kwizera, was found dead in Kajuhuleta Forest on 08 January, three days after he had gone missing from his home. According to media reports, his body shows evidence  that he had been strangled or hanged.
Ngumba is the second journalist killed in Tanzania in recent months. Both are remembered in the dedicated UNESCO web page, UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.
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