THE First Lady, Mama Salma Kikwete, has said that Eastern and Southern African countries face challenges of access to education for school going children among other cross cutting issues in the education sector.
Mama Kikwete made the remarks during a debate on access to education and standard offered saying it is still a challenge that needs concerted efforts to address it.
She said that there was need to discuss the best way to increase girl enrolment in science subjects as well as accessibility to friendly reproductive health education.
Mama Kikwete, who is the Chairperson of WAMA, said once the youth especially in schools are well informed on reproductive health services then they will be well positioned to complete their studies without unwanted pregnancies.
She said that the government has decided to invest in education to ensure that all school going age children attend classes as well as improve the standard of education offered.
“The government initiated a primary education development programme that went together with the same for secondary education.
All two programmes are aimed at ensuring that the education given meets the needed standards,” said Mama Kikwete.
The programme under the Big Results Now (BRN) also takes into account issues of facilities, teachers, classroom constructions, infrastructures and teachers’ houses.