So Much For Self-effacement… Magufuli Rejects Naming Tanzanian School After Him


The Tanzanian president has rejected the idea of naming a Bunju school after him. Kinondoni District Commissioner, Ally Happi, confirms that Magufuli wants the school to have another name.

Magufuli may be the ‘bulldozer’ but he largely remains the same old down to earth personality that he has always been.

After consultation with Paul Makonda, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, it was concluded that the school will be named after DC Happi.

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The Bunju school building project has kicked off with 600 bags of cement from Twiga Cement Company. The construction will be worth about Sh2 billion.

Report says that funds for the Bunju school construction were obtained from the money the administration saved via its austerity measures.

“We spent the money on building this school and nine other classrooms in another school. The plan was to decongest Bunju A Primary School which currently has over 3,000 pupils.

“It will have a recommended national pupil to teacher ratio of 45 to one in a class. It will have well stocked library, a computer lab, a play ground and 500 trees that we have already started planting.”

Once Magufuli got into office, he ensured that all excessive and unnecessary expenditures were drastically reduced.

The president has particularly been efficient in reforming the educational standards of the people. First he made transportation free for Tanzanian teachers in Dar es Salaam.

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Secondly, he allocated $62 million to education in the country. The allocation was to enable the pupils go to school free of charge. In time, Magufuli says the allocation will double.

“We allocated Sh137 billion [ U.S. $ 62 million] for the provision of free education, but with these challenges, we are looking forward to doubling the amount.

Did you know that Magufuli’s administration placed a ban on the tendency of charging extra fees (say about $100 per year) in state schools?