Monduli Teacher College 5.25
Today we had the opportunity to visit one of the few teacher colleges in the area. Monduli is a town about an hour away from the Outpost. It is a government college where students attend classes for 2 years to get their teaching degree. Students in Tanzania attend government college after completing A-level school (which is equivalent to a 2 year associates degree). Students double major in their choice of a combination of sciences and mathematics as well as some home economics and physical education. Students also take education methodology classes, and may or may not take classes outside of their major (it wasn’t very clear). All classes are taught in English. There is a school next door where the students are able to get experience teaching. There is a kitchen and dining hall, as well as sports grounds, administrative buildings, and staff living quarters. About 300 students attend classes here which costs 600,000 Tsh (about $200) a year! All of the students live in segregated dorms with 6 people to a room.
We had the opportunity to talk with some professors and students of the college. The professors here are called tutors which was very confusing at first. The professors (tutors) specialize in one subject with most having a master’s degree. Some professors do have a doctorate degree and some are planning on returning to university to obtain a doctorate. They had a lot of questions about teaching in the US and were surprised at a lot of our answers.
The majority of students are around 25 years old and are from the Monduli area. Most are studying a combination of science subjects. An interesting thing that I noticed was that they all wore uniforms. All primary and secondary schools (government and private) wear uniforms, but I was not expecting that of the college students. The students were very friendly and were a little apprehensive, but had many questions. I loved hearing about their daily lives and I even got invited to meet someone’s family! He was also disappointed that I wasn’t going to be teaching his class.
The schooling system here is much different than in America. It was interesting to be able to see it first hand and get clarification about the many questions that I had. I’m still confused on some things, but being able to interact with new people, both students and professors, was very rewarding.