The students of some schools in Dar es Salaam and other regions in Tanzania met themselves changing into ‘employees’ after they decided to take a piece of chalk and teach their classmates.
In Mbeya at Meta Primary School, a standard seven pupil who did not want to mention his name was seen at the front leading his classmates in different subjects Basic Mathematics and Science.
“Yes we have decided to discuss some questions because we don’t see any teacher…and soon we will be in national exams…we help each other; whoever knows something comes at the front and teaches.” the boy said when he was asked why he decided to teach.
In Dar es Salaam the strike seems the same in three schools which the Mlimani TV reporters have visited to see the situation, just one day after the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Said Mecky Sadick ordered teachers to step into classes as usual because the strike has no any government blessings.
Some teachers who did not want their names to be revealed said the government should not threaten teachers.
“Why threatening teachers instead of paying us what we want? This is our right, some of teachers have been in this professional for more than 20 years but they receive only Tsh 400,000 per month, this is not fair.” complained a primary teacher from one of the Primary Schools at Makumbusho ward in Dar es Salaam.
At the same time, today at 11:00 hours Mkwawa Primary School pupils demonstrated to the Regional Commissioner office to demand for their right of education after the teachers were not seen in classes.
There has been a ‘fight’ between the government of Tanzania and teachers just one month after the doctors’ strike.