Good news for teachers in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam as they are being given free transportation to and from their schools. It has just started in Dar es Salaam but the Kinondoni district commissioner Paul Makonda said that he hopes to expand the scheme to cover the entire city. The trips by the teachers are intended to be paid for by the city’s association and they in turn will be conveyed on “daladala” bus taxis, an echo of a scheme where Tanzanian soldiers travel for free on buses.
The scheme was set up by Mr. Paul Makonda when the First Lady; Janeth Magufuli visited a local school in February. Coincidentally, her former colleagues at the Mbuyuni primary school, where she had taught for over 15 years had mentioned shortages of rooms and transport difficulties as issues they were struggling with.
The teachers were really happy about the news of the scheme and proudly displayed the new ID cards which showed their entitlement to the transportation. The end of the week should see over 3,000 teachers join the ranks of their colleagues to display their own ID cards and journeys which would normally have cost around 400 shillings (18 US cents; 12p) will be free for them between 05:30 and 08:00 and 15:00 to 17:00.
Kinondoni which has a population of over one million people also likewise provides students with a 50% discount on travel and has around 35,000 teachers. We will go on and chuck this as another feather in the hat of the Magufuli administration which already has quite a number of good things accrued to it. teachers are very important to any nation and this move as little as it may seem has shown beyond any doubt that the Tanzanian government and people appreciate their teachers.