Efficacy of Information Provision Strategies for Promoting Mathematics Education in Tanzania: A Case of Selected Secondary Schools in Dar es Salaam

James J Masele, Julius T Tweve


This study examined information provision, as an important strategy for promoting
mathematics education in Tanzania. A sample of 90 respondents from five secondary
schools namely Saint Mary‘s, Makongo, Kambangwa, Green Acres and Jangwani
Secondary Schools was selected. To supplement questionnaires, face- to- face
interviews, and documentary review were used to collect data. Findings revealed
limited use of various sources of information in promoting mathematics education and
there is no specific session which discusses the importance of mathematics‘
importance for career development. Dependable sources of information for students
are mainly teachers, parents and peer groups. There was poor usage of media and the
internet in promoting mathematics. Challenges related to mathematics subject
improvements include motivational, technical, managerial and financial. Furthermore
the stereotype belief that mathematics subject is difficult for women but easy men, a
situation which discourages girls to participate fully in mathematics education.
Efficient use of media is emphasised for mathematics education promotion. The study
urges the need to harness the Web and available media in the publicising mathematics
education information. Information professionals are urged to liaise with policy
makers to rally together in influencing other practitioners in mathematics education to
promote this subject.


Efficacy; Information Provision Strategies; Mathematics Education; Mathematics Education Promotion; Tanzania; Secondary Schools

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