Primary schools in Bukoba Municipality are overcrowded, necessitating the government to allocate plots for the establishment of new schools.
A survey conducted by the ‘Daily News’ in Bukoba Municipality revealed that several primary schools faced shortages of classrooms, desks, toilets and teachers’ quarters. Tumaini Primary School has a total of 1,239 pupils and 21 classrooms instead of 33. The school has a total of 392 desks while it needs 684.
It has one teachers’ house out of 32 that are needed. Kashai Primary School has a total of 1,571 pupils and 23 classrooms while it needs 37. It has a total of 443 desks out of 750 that are needed. There is only one teachers’ quarter instead of 35. Mafumbo Primary School has a total of 1,738 pupils.
The school has 15 classrooms and has a shortage of 25 classrooms. It also faces shortage of 38 teachers’ quarters and 69 desks. Meanwhile, Bukoba Municipality has surveyed over 5,000 plots in Buhembe, Nyanga, Ijuganyondo, Kahororo, Kitendaguro and Kashai wards. Bukoba Municipal Director Hamis Kaputa said a total of 2.4bn/- will be spent in compensating affected families.
He said 1,725 plots had already been registered by the Registrar for Lands Development adding that payment of compensation was being made through the Tanzania Postal Bank (TPB). Bukoba town was upgraded to Municipal status on July 1, 2005.
However, surveying and allocation of new plots to people who paid had dragged for a long time. Several people complained that they paid more than 15 years ago, but to-date they had not been allocated plots. Mr Kaputa said the exercise of surveying the 5,000 plots was going on smoothly adding that compensation will be completed soon.
Source Tanzania Daily News