Tanzania: Engineering Schoolgirls for Sponsorship

Arusha — THE government has committed itself to continue sponsoring all female students taking engineering studies at Arusha Technical College, thanks to the outstanding performances of girls at the college.

Efforts are being made to reduce the gender gap in mechanical engineering and other technical studies in the country.

For the last five years, the state, through the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) has been paying for the education of girls in Pre-Entry Courses and according to the Rector at ATC, Dr Richard Masika, nearly 500 female students have benefitted from the government sponsorship in engineering training.

"Our five-year strategic plan which ends in 2015 seeks to raise girls'' enrolment to at least 30 per cent of the total students intake," said Eng. Masika when speaking here over the weeken.

He was speaking during the winding up of the third batch for the ''Bridging Course'' and ''Pre-Entry'' Course at ATC where a total of 302 students in both honours were awarded completion certificates, among them 78 girls.

He pointed out that in the academic year 2013-2014 the girls'' enrolment percentage hit 31.4 per cent thus surpassing the target; a total of 141 female students joined ATC in this period, whereas there were 308 males in the 449 batch. So far the country''s most famous technical college has 1,489 students.

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