|Introduction to MoEVT|
The President of the United Republic of Tanzania issued a Notice on assignment of Ministerial responsibilities (Instrument) vide Government Notice No. 494 of 17th December, 2010. In that Instrument, the President has created the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training which is mandated for formulation, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation policies, teachers’ training, registration of schools, inspection of education services and infrastructure, library services and education press services.
VISION AND MISSION
A literate society with well grounded ethical values, adequate social, scientific and technical knowledge and skills for the betterment of the nation.
To develop and implement education policies which provide equal opportunity to quality education for all Tanzanians and ensure development of a productive quality human resource base through education and training
SPECIFIC ISSUES TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE MINISTRY
Since the function of administration of primary and secondary school education has been decentralised to LGAs, it is therefore recommended for the Ministry to put in place mechanisms for strengthening the quality assurance and regulatory organs so as to ensure that education is provided in accordance with the set standards.
Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
The Ministry is advised to conduct research and use the findings for informed decision making. Furthermore, the ministry needs to strengthen monitoring and evaluation of its education policies, legislations, guidelines and curricula in order to make informed decisions during the review processes. This strategy will enhance the quality of education services delivery in the country.
Identification and Development of Talents of Pupils at early School Age
The Ministry has a mechanism of identifying high achievers in examinations as talented and gifted pupils and select them to join special secondary schools. This system does not give chance to identify and develop talents of the children at early ages and, therefore, loose a lot of necessary resources for development. The Ministry therefore needs to ensure that the system trickles down to early school age and develop them at different levels of education.
The enrolment expansion achieved both in Primary and Secondary education through the Primary and Secondary Education Development Programmes, throws a challenge to the Ministry to embark on developing and implementing programmes of expanding enrolment in teachers training institutions, Vocational, Technical and Higher Education.
Transformation of Education Press Services into a Government Executive Agency
The Ministry is currently carrying out operational activities of education press services which are potential for becoming executive agency. It is therefore proposed to the Ministry to initiate the transformation process.