Tanzania Teacher Shortage Reportedly at 80,000 Vacant Posts
15 May 2019
In Parliament this week, Presidential Deputy Minister of State Mwita Waitara reported a shortage of 80,000 public school teachers in Tanzania.
Only 3.2% of children attend the final two years of secondary school. UN data indicate that Tanzania has actually been backsliding since 2007, when it had achieved near-universal access to primary education.
Earlier this month, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira suggested that some teachers lack competence to instruct adequately, stating, “Teachers are even here demanding for salary increases, but they produce pupils — after seven years in class — who can neither read nor write,” as quoted in The Citizen. Her statement did not address the possibility that pay increases, to attract sufficient numbers of highly-qualified teachers, might constitute one element of a solution for illiteracy.
The U.N. projects that by 2100, Tanzania will have approximately 100 million children, ages 0 – 19, while the total population will be over 300 million. (Already today, there are almost 40 million children in that age range, while the total Tanzanian population is about 60 million.) Thus, in 2100, there would be more children in Tanzania than the total population of Japan, which should have about 85 million inhabitants (only 15 million of whom will be aged 0-19, or 15% as many children as in Tanzania.)
Tanzania will also have more children than in the United States, which is expected to have about 95 million kids in 2100. Nigeria, with its 220 million children in 2100, will outpace Tanzania. Tanzania will have more than half the number of children in China, which should have less than 200 million youth in 2100.