Butiama. More than 500 out of 7,000 Standard Four pupils in Butima public primary schools are unable to read or write, a study has established.
The news was revealed by Butiama district education officer (primary education) Jose Machumu at an annual general meeting of the district’s chapter of the Tanzania Teachers Union chapter on Friday.
He termed findings of this year’s study as “shocking” are linked to pupils’ poof performance in Standard Seven national exam results.
According to him, the district was No. 148 out of 186 districts in the country in this year’s Standard Seven exam results.
It was the eighth out of nine districts in Mara Region.
He attributed the poor performance to some teachers’ failure work hard. He gave an example of a certain school that is well-staffed, but more than 50 Standard Four pupils cannot read or write.
He urged teachers to fulfill their responsibilities and not avoid challenges, insisting that the government was striving to tackle a number of problems.
The union’s district secretary, Mr Daudi Mafwili, called on members to fulfill their duties before demanding their rights.
He asked government to look for a lasting solution to challenges facing teachers as they had been there for so long.
He said the verification of certificates resulted in the expulsion of dozens of teachers and that showed the government was keen to ensure workers observe ethics in workplaces.
However, he pleaded with government to consider the possibility of giving terminal benefits to expelled teachers.