Tanzania’s Prime Minster, Kassim Majaliwa, has announced that a special inspection will take place in schools across the country in order to stamp out the siphoning off of funds intended to provide free education for children.
“Each month, the government has been dishing out funds to facilitate free education for all; but now we have started to realise that there are phantom pupils and students,” he explained.
In the Simiyu region, 140 heads of secondary schools and 516 heads of primary schools have been demoted in the ghost pupils’ investigation. This is almost all of the secondary schools in the region.
The Prime Minister urged regional education commissioners to go to the schools themselves to verify pupil numbers if they became suspicious of any misconduct. “If you spot any contradiction on the number of pupils and students in schools, you should get out of your offices and visit the respective schools to make proper verifications of the figures delivered to you,” he said.
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