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Maths, No more fear/tears. A must read…

July 2, 2010 1 comment

It is not uncommon to hear people confirm their fear and possibly loathing of maths with statements like “Mimi na hesabu hatuendani kabisa…” which would be ok in some instances but does indicate a true shortcoming of an education system, but again, why is it that, we only readily admit to lack of knowhow of maths while not other subjects?. Not to lay blame to a system, this book explores and explains mathematical concepts to real world applications looking at a history and in most cases the future of mathematics. 


short video from author

The Various reviews of this book has highly recommended this as a must read for all students embarking on secondary education. I would extend this recommendation to educators and parents/guardians as well since it will bridge the knowledge gap immensely for everyone.


Any one with contacts of Novel Idea (Tanzania), please check with them for availability within Tanzania, not sure if other bookstores will stock this but do spread the word, maybe we will crack this maths fear once and for all.

All the best…



Why Tanzania students have morbid fear of Maths

June 16, 2010 4 comments

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Knowing that a good grounding in maths is a pre-requisite to excelling in most subjects, this article challenges us all to figure ways and means of encouraging the children to adopt a more positive attitude towards maths. Still


Cost of Education

Hi All,

In a post at Issa Michuzi blog earlier this week I made a request to gather information pertaining to education costs in Tanzania as follows

Naomba “Msaada Tutani” kuhusu subject hii uniwekee kwenye blogu ya jamii.
Ningependa kufahamu gharama za elimu Tanzania, kidato cha kwanza hadi cha sita. na pia elimu ya juu (college/University)
Gharama hizi zinaweza kuorodheshwa kama

1). School/Tuition fees.
2). School Development Contributions/Au contributions zozote mzazi anatakiwa kuchangia shule.
3). Boarding Fees.
4). Books and stationary.
5). Living expenses/Pocket Money.
6). Transport Costs (per week/per month/Annual).
7). Examiniation costs (Mock exams/ Final exams).
8). Gharama zozote zingine zinazohusishwa kwenye elimu.

Ninachojaribu ni kupata hii breakdown ili kunisaidia na kuwasaidia wazazi kujua majukumu ya elimu na gharama zake.
Ikiwezekana, anayetoa comment aandike jina la shule (private/government). Course anayo/aliyochukua. Costs zingine ambazo sio specific kwa shule, naomba aambatanishe ni mji gani costs hizi zinatozwa.

Natanguliza shukrani zangu kwa wote.

Mdau Kotin karwak.


I thought, I should make headway in establishing a repository for this information as a blog system, and if it warrants a more formal format, will investigate further other platforms for such a site.

Will like to clarify that this is meant as a generalised repository for information to guide parents and future parents on deciding how spending for education is managed.

Several comments have already been entered on Issa Michuzi’s site and appreciate the contributors there. Please proceed to add your comments here.

PS. It appears that this blog system requires an e-mail address to be entered when entering a comment, would encourage you to do so (privacy acknowledged), but if you don’t want to, please just enter as a default e-mail address.

Thank You