Kiwi Polemicist

February 14, 2009

• Every child’s dream: teachers in Tanzania caned

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You are now entering the Twilight Zone…

Here’s some excerpts from a BBC article:

The Tanzania Teachers’ Union is taking legal action after 19 primary school teachers were given the cane.

The teachers were caned by a police officer in front of their pupils after an investigation into poor exam results at three schools.

The report blamed teachers for being late or not showing up for work and not teaching the official syllabus.
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The [teachers] union says it will sue District Commissioner (DC) Albert Mnali, who ordered the caning in the northern region of Kagera.
[…]
Union officials have told the BBC that the caning happened in the wake of an ongoing row between the union and the government.The teachers had complained that their salaries are often delayed and that they are a denied transfer allowance when they move to a new school.

The BBC’s John Ngahyoma says the Kagera teachers were told by the DC that they were disturbing the government with their demands and that they were not performing well.

Deputy Education Minister Mwantumu Bakari Mahiza told the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation that the DC’s action was “abnormal” and called for an investigation.

It would appear that political correctness is optional in Tanzania.

What do you think about the caning of the teachers?

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