THE other day I got home tired but instead of hurrying up and getting to bed, I chose to watch television. There was a rather funny looking movie on and I found myself on it.
I caught the movie half way, had no idea what was happening, the acting was bad and I really should I have been preparing for the next day. But, I wasn’t. I sat there glued to my seat watching this bad movie correctly predicting the actor’s moves and helping him find the girl and kill the bad guys.
We all do this at one time or another. Is there a good explanation for it? No. Tanzania is watching a rather bad movie with the cast all being employees of the Ministry of Education. Everyone from the head honcho to his tea lady are in a plot that seems to resemble something out of a Bongo Movie of yester-year.
Form 2 students were to pay a fee of TSHS 10,000/- for their national form 2 national examinations (NECTA) last year. Some did and some didn’t. NECTA has denied results for all those who didn’t pay the fee. However, the schools have allowed the students to continue with classes despite having made payment and/or having their NECTA results.
The plot. The twist comes in where in many schools, the students paid the fee however their teachers put the cash in their pockets and made a run for it. We can safely call them the bad guys. The Minister or as he is seen in this movie, the Hero, is out to save the day however he is a one man army as his ministry has no idea what is going on.
These are the confused guys. The Minister took to the streets armed with his lethal notepad and pen to assess the situation. Something like Rambo only without the knives and guns. The situation as it stands is quite messy with some students continuing with classes at Form 3 level and others not attending school at all.
The situation is far much worse in the rural areas where parents believe educating their children is a favour they are doing the government. They have threaten all types of threats saying that if they don’t get the exam results, they will discontinue their children in school.
Maybe this is the answer to prayers they have for finally being able to marry off their daughters and force their sons to be shop keepers. Who knows. The situation looks like it only be rectified by divine intervention. Perhaps the Minister’s lethal notebook and pen are really KGB issued items that are really in fact lethal.
Maybe he will turn Rambo or Swaznegga on everyone and blow up something! Maybe he could even win an award for best hero in a movie where the future of Tanzania is on the line. Maybe. Until then, we sit watching this movie play out, not wanting to admit much we want correction to this confusion and a really good ending to this movie.