Massive irregularities in Tanzanian universities, says audit report

Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, Tanzania's Education Minister

Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, Tanzania’s Education Minister

A forensic audit carried out by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) in several institutions of Higher Learning has unearthed massive shortage of professional lecturers and outdated teaching curriculums being used across the country.

The Executive Secretary of the commission Prof. Yunus Mgaya, said a nationwide assessment of universities showed that most institutions use curriculums that don’t adequately prepare graduates for the job market.

He said between 60 to 80 percent of teachers in private institutions are facing shortage of professional instructors with the required qualifications of PhD holders.

Education, Science and Technology Minister Prof. Joyce Ndalichako ordered a thorough assessment of all higher institutions of learning around the country and disciplinary action be taken against all institutions that are violating the registration guidelines.

“We found no single institution that is clean and has all the requirements. But institutions such as University of Dar es Salaam, Muhimbili, St Augustine have made special arrangements to train their teachers into full professionals needed,” he said adding “most of the private institutions have no fund for training their tutors.”

According to the report, about 70 percent of the institutions assessed, had lecturers with only a second degree while those teaching science courses had no modern laboratories and sufficient teaching equipment compared to the number of students taking these courses.

The commission has already revoked the license of St Joseph University in Tanzania (SJUIT) –Arusha Campus for failure to meet the minimum quality standards, having management and governance problems as well as for breaching the laid down legal provisions as per the Universities Act, Cap 346.

In addition, the Commission has approved transfer of all students pursuing the three-year Bachelor of Science in Education degree to other universities with similar programmes at the institution’s costs.