tanzblog4.gif A Primary Class in Tanzania Teachers in Tanzania are due to go on strike next week in pursuit of their pay claim. Members of the Tanzania Teachers Union are due to go on strike on October 15th. Their demands include a pay increase - at present they are paid between about $60 and $100 per month. Many teachers have to take second jobs in order to make ends meet. Not only that but their pay is often late and many are owed back pay.  The working conditions in Tanzanian schools are very bad. There are few resources and teaching materials, particularly in rural areas. The government has been promoting primary education for all as a result many more children have enrolled but the suppply of teachers has not kept up so that children are being taught in classes from 60 to 170 in some cases. To try and cover this problem the government are putting virtually untrained school leavers into classrooms to teach and even those who are trained have had their training cut from two to one year. Tanzania which is one of the world's poorest countries has been under great pressure from the world bank to 'liberalise' its economy. This included the disastrous water privatisation which collapsed when the British firm involved actually made the water supply in the country worse. This programme which had been part of the World Bank Structural Adjustment programme had been partly funded by the British aid budget which spent £273,000 of aid money to get the Adam Smith consultancy firm to produce promotional materials for the privatisation including a pop video. Meanwhile money cannot be found to train and pay teachers properly.