The Quality Of Pre-Service Primary School Teacher Education In Tanzania: An Investigation Into Policies And Practices

ABSTRACT

This study investigated the quality of pre-service primary teacher education in Tanzania and determined the extent to which policies and practices affect the quality of pre-service primary teacher education. The research objectives of the study were to identify factors affecting the quality of pre-service primary TE in Tanzania; examine whether the TE policies has any influence on the quality of pre-service primary TE; establish whether the pre-service primary teacher training process influence the quality of pre-service primary teachers; and, finally, to propose appropriate strategies that would help to improve the quality of preservice primary TE. The study adopted a descriptive research design. The sample was 412 respondents. Data were gathered using questionnaires, interviews and observations. The analysis was done using qualitative and quantitative approach. Computer software - Excel for statistical analysis was used. The findings revealed that various factors affected the quality of pre-service primary TE. The study found that weak Grade A trainees enrolled, underdeveloped and overloaded curriculum, scarcity of teaching and learning materials, poor working environment in the TTCs and the shortage of funds affects the quality pre-service primary TE process. In fact, the TE policy does not encourage the enrolment of best students in the pre-service primary TE. Moreover, the TTCs’ inspection and quality assurance system remained weak. Furthermore, Grade A tutors are largely under qualified and face the challenge of overcrowded classes and insufficient teaching and learning materials and access to ICT. As such, there is a need to reform the TE policy, improve the admission criteria, ensure adequate supply of basic amenities, reform the Grade A curriculum and introduce subject specialisation, improve training and recruitment of Grade A tutors. Though good TE policy is necessary, but it is insufficient on its own. In this regard, the study recommended a change of mindset coupled with political will to achieve quality pre-service primary TE. 

Subscribe to access this work and thousands more
Overall Rating

0

5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(0)
3 Star
(0)
2 Star
(0)
1 Star
(0)
APA

L.E., C (2021). The Quality Of Pre-Service Primary School Teacher Education In Tanzania: An Investigation Into Policies And Practices. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-quality-of-pre-service-primary-school-teacher-education-in-tanzania-an-investigation-into-policies-and-practices

MLA 8th

L.E., CHALIGHA "The Quality Of Pre-Service Primary School Teacher Education In Tanzania: An Investigation Into Policies And Practices" Afribary. Afribary, 01 Jun. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/the-quality-of-pre-service-primary-school-teacher-education-in-tanzania-an-investigation-into-policies-and-practices. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

MLA7

L.E., CHALIGHA . "The Quality Of Pre-Service Primary School Teacher Education In Tanzania: An Investigation Into Policies And Practices". Afribary, Afribary, 01 Jun. 2021. Web. 18 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/the-quality-of-pre-service-primary-school-teacher-education-in-tanzania-an-investigation-into-policies-and-practices >.

Chicago

L.E., CHALIGHA . "The Quality Of Pre-Service Primary School Teacher Education In Tanzania: An Investigation Into Policies And Practices" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 18, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/the-quality-of-pre-service-primary-school-teacher-education-in-tanzania-an-investigation-into-policies-and-practices