Earlier last week, the College Board Members paid a visit at the campus and pronounced their 2018-2021Triennium achievement.
Addressing the Board Members and invited guests, the Principal of the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE), Prof. Stephen Oswald Maluka expressed the outstanding performance of the College Board.
In the recognition of such an exemplary performance, the Principal said that the College managed to increase academic programmes, from 8 in 2018 to 17 in 2021. He further said such an increase has resulted into the rise of the students’ enrollment from 5123 students in 2018 to 5,562 in 2021. Moreover, the College Principal explained to the Board members that the introduction of new postgraduate programmes has greatly benefited the College since the postgraduate students’ enrollment has risen from 26 students in 2018 to 130 in 2021.
Citing best examples, Prof. Maluka said that the enrolment of the students with disability has increased tremendously. For instance, in 2018 there were only 26 compared to 57 in 2021. In the same triennium, the College managed to train 130 students with special needs. Such achievement went hand in hand with the improvement of infrastructure for both staff and students with disability. The improvement of infrastructure involved increasing classrooms, office space and installation of 35 computers, equipped with special package aiming to facilitate the students’ learning. He further said that the Board instructed the College to recruit 20 part time Readers and Note takers to serve as assistants and support these students in reading, note taking, searching materials and guiding them to access different University premises.
Regarding the achievement, Prof. Maluka disclosed that, in the past three years, about 30 College policies and guidelines were approved by the Board. These include Schemes of service for administrative and technical staff, Revised organizational structure, College master plan 2019-2039, DUCE staff regulations, Succession plan, and Risk policy and framework. Others are ICT security scheme, Staff and students guidance and counseling policy, Strategic plan for combating HIV AIDS and other Non-communicable diseases, just to mention a few. He added that such policies and other guidelines are a key to the enhancement of good governance.
“It was a Board that observed excellence, discipline, productivity, creativity and accountability.” Prof. Maluka insisted.
During the tour, the Board eye witnessed the mega improvement of the new administration block, demonstration schools and the Kijichi NSSF houses retained for students’ accommodation. The Principal was optimistic that the Kijichi hostels would solve the longstanding problem of the shortage of accommodation among students at the College.