(Dar es Salaam) – More than 40 percent of Tanzania’s adolescents are left out of quality lower-secondary education despite the government’s positive decision to make lower-secondary education free.
“We’re beaten very hard. If they beat you today, then you’re only going to feel better in two days … One teacher can beat you up to 15 times if they so wish.”
–Rashidi, 18, Mwanza, northwestern Tanzania
“There are teachers who engage in sexual affairs with students – I know many [girls] it has happened to ... If a student refuses, she is punished ... I feel bad … even if you report the matter it won’t be taken seriously. It makes us feel unsafe. Three girls dropped out because of teachers and sex in 2015.”
–Joyce, 17, Shinyanga, northern Tanzania
“There are no Perkins Brailler, no textbooks at all. [The] machines we’re supposed to use … are not functioning. It stops us from doing homework and exercises well. I get notes every two weeks or one month later [than the rest of his class]. It makes me lag behind in terms of excellence in academics – by the time I receive my notes, I’m already two or three subjects behind.”
–Nasser, 18, a Form IV student who is blind and studies at a boarding school in Shinyanga, northern Tanzania