Arusha. The newly elected MP for Arusha Urban (CCM), Mrisho Mashaka Gambo, is betting on vertical expansion of the schools as the land is limited in high density suburbs.
Lawmakers, who served as Arusha regional commissioner from August 2016 to July this year, said the space restriction in the densely populated areas had been a headache for local administrators.
He made the remarks recently when he received Sh25 million worth of building materials to build additional classrooms for Unga Limited Secondary School.
The materials, most of which were iron bars, were donated by Sunflag Integrated Textile Mill, one of the oldest industrial facilities in Arusha.
“The new classrooms and offices would be in a multi-story building being built on the school grounds,” he said, adding that vertical expansion is the best way to make room for new classrooms.
“Many of the students have to travel long distances to get to the nearest schools. For Unga Limited Secondary School, the solution is to expand vertically,” he said
The Arusha City Council has approved the plan to build a multi-story building for the proposed classrooms to create more space for the young learners.
Unga Limited Township Councilor Mahmoud Omary said additional classrooms would relieve parents of the burden of fares for their children at various schools in the sprawling Arusha.
He said the two elementary schools in the community had a total of 300 students completing elementary school each year, with a significant number selected to join first grade.
“The problem for parents comes when they are selected to attend secondary schools, which are far from this year. This is a burden on parents and students,” he said.
Arusha City Education Officer Valentine Makuka said the planned additional structures at the school would be completed in May next year.
In addition to the iron bars from the Sunflag textile factory, around 200 bags of cement were donated by the recently elected Special Seats MPs from Arusha Urban.
Sunflag (Tanzania) Limited was founded in 1965 and employs over 2,700 people, arguably one of the leading individual employers in the city.
The entire textile unit is located in the Themi industrial area and consists of ring spinning, yarn twisting, circular knitting, warp knitting, yarn and fabric processing.
Others include a woven unit, mosquito netting manufacture, knitted garments with in-house embroidery, and screen printing facilities.
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