The World Bank has made available a $122 million loan for Tanzania as part of a programme called 'Big Results Now in Education.' According to Arun Joshi, World Bank Lead Education Specialist, the program 'is a direct, action-oriented response to heightened public concern about the quality of education in the country. The program, which is an integral part of Tanzania’s new Big Results Now, is specifically designed to ensure that children in Tanzanian primary and secondary schools are learning better.'

So what is the paltry $122 million loan going to be used for? Well you might think it could go towards paying teachers a living wage and provide proper training – at present they are lucky to get $120 a month – scarcely enough to survive on. There again they could do something about the infrastructure since according to , 'The fact that most school children have no classrooms, desks, chairs and school supplies is a shame to all of us who wish well the next generation of Tanzanians.'

But no, not a word about extra money for teachers and schools, just, 'deploying teachers more equitably across and within districts; getting capitation grants to schools on time; gathering data and monitoring results much more effectively; motivating teachers to spend more time teaching; and improving student achievement in reading, writing, and basic mathematics by the end of Grade 2.'

So as usual the blame lies not with the desperate poverty of Tanzanian teachers and public education, but with the teachers, who aren't spending enough time teaching and really need to spend more time providing and gathering data.

Tanzania is the third largest exporter of gold in Africa yet the Tanzanian government gets only a tiny fraction of the value of the gold under Tanzanian soil – valued at $2.5billion over the last five years while tax revenues have averaged a paltry $21million per year. And who is responsible for this dire situation? Why the same World Bank of course together with a UK consultancy firm which produced an act which amongst other things ‘allows 100 per cent ownership of minerals and mines to foreign corporations, preventing the government from entering into joint ventures; the right to employ unlimited foreign personnel and unrestricted repatriation of capital and profits’. (http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/59142#sthash.93Jgtqn1.dpuf)