Tanzania is facing shortage of 24,716 science and mathematics teachers, Deputy Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Stella Manyanya told Parliament on Thursday.
Manyanya said 10,000 public schools were also facing shortage of 355 technical subjects teachers.
“The government is doing all it can to reduce this shortage which is affecting good delivery of education in our schools,” said the official in the capital Dodoma.
She added: “There is need to encourage students to study science related subjects as well as mathematics since that is the only way to produce more of the highly needed teachers for the two subjects.”
Manyanya made these revelations when responding to a question asked by Special Seats Member of Parliament Susan Lyimo who had wanted to know the status of science subjects teaching in public schools.
The MP said several evidence-based researches showed that acute shortage of science experts, for instance in the health sector, called for better trained scientists in the fight against maternal and new-born deaths.
In her response, Manyanya said her ministry was always at the forefront in encouraging students to study science subjects in order to help fill the gaps of science, mathematics and other related personnel in the country. Enditem