Staff Spotlight: Mr. Fred

October 18, 2016 4:18 pm Published by

Editor’s Note: In continuation of our Staff Spotlight segments, JBFC would like to introduce our supporters to Mr. Fred, a man that has been a central figure at Joseph and Mary Primary School for several years. Mr. Fred is the Head of our Primary School, and also teaches the 7th Grade.

How long have you been working at JBFC?:

I’ve been working at JBFC for 7 years.

What is your position at JBFC?:

I am the Head Teacher of Primary School and Grade 7 teacher.

What are your responsibilities at JBFC?:

As a class teacher, I have to teach the subject daily and help the struggling students in my glass by guiding and counseling. I also have to make sure the class is arranged and clean. Grade 7 is the ending grade in Primary School here in Tanzania, so I have to prepare my students for the National Exam. Right now we have a 100% pass rate!

As the Head of Primary School, I have to supervise all the activities in the school: Teachers’ duties, cleanliness, etc. I also need to attend the government’s meeting representing our school, prepare the budget for the whole year, report all the activities carried in the school to my superiors on a weekly basis, recruit new teachers when necessary, enroll new students to our school…and much more!

Why did you want to be a teacher?

When I was young, I went to school and really liked my teachers who were also guiding me. I was truly inspired by them. Also, I like taking care of the students at school. Being a teacher you also serve the community.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is teaching. I really enjoy it because I like talking to the kids. I like to involve them in the lessons so they can be more active and participative.

What is the biggest challenge you face?:

The biggest challenge is, without any doubt, the pressure we (teachers and students) feel with the National Exam. I feel all this pressure because I want all my students to pass in the best possible way, so more and more students want to be enrolled in our school. Also, I feel pressure because the parents of the students want their kids to pass for them to join Secondary School. Same with the government that wants all the students to perform well. At the end, there are a lot of factors around me and I can feel all that pressure.

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