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Rethinking secondary education in Tanzania

The rapid expansion of secondary education in Tanzania through multiple providers has improved access to education for many children who would have otherwise fallen through the cracks. However, it has created a three-tier education system that disproportionally disadvantages the rural population and parts of the country that are far from large urban centres. Students are failing their examinations, the quality of education is declining, and people are complaining. Is there a solution? Behind this, there are curriculum flaws and structural problems to be addressed before things can get better. Read more!

Tanzania and Malawi disputes over ownership of Lake Nyasa

Tanzania and Malawi are embroiled in a century-old dispute over who actually owns Lake Nyasa. Malawi wants Tanzanians to believe that the Anglo-Germany Treaty of 1890 that settled the dispute between Germany and Britain over the Heligoland Island in the North Sea and ended a threat of Germany to encroach into Kenya (then part of British East Africa) from Tanganyika (then part of Germany East Africa) leave the whole of Lake Nyasa to Malawi (then part of British Central Africa). At the centre of this is the fact that native people on the eastern shore of the lake in what is now Tanzania had lived and used the lake for millennia before Germany and Britain colonial rulers came to East and Central Africa. What are the issues and how to end this dispute once and for all. It is time to be serious! Read more! 
The quest for dual citizenship in Tanzania
Tanzanians are currently debating the contents of the proposed new constitution. Among hot button issues is the retention of the Tanzanian citizenship for those who acquire citizenship in other countries.  The discussion of dual citizenship is not new in Tanzania and not a unique for Tanzania. Other developing countries are going or have gone through the same process as the world becomes increasingly globalized and country borders becomes less and less obstacles for those who seek opportunities and think outside the box. The discussion of dual citizenship in Tanzania is full of misinformation by those who do not understand the subject well but have access to newspapers where they can ridicule the subject. On the other hand, the Tanzanian Diaspora community has a false hope that it can obtain dual citizenship by merely lobbying the Constitutional Assembly (CA). On its part, the Tanzania government is providing a false hope to the Diaspora community by encouraging Tanzanians overseas to lobby the CA. The CANTAN Policy Institute argues that, it is only the current Tanzania government that has majority supporters in the CA that can make dual citizenship possible. To do this, the government has to make dual citizenship its party (Chama Cha Mapinduzi or CCM) policy and translates this policy into a constitutional provision by directing its members in the CA to support and vote for dual citizenship. There are underlying political obstacles to dual citizenship in Tanzania, which can only be overcome by CCM and its government.