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ARUSHA TECHNICAL COLLEGE Newsletter 2011


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ARUSHA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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A Biannual Publication of Arusha Technical College
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July December, 2011
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Issue 001
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ATC Marks 2
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graduation Ceremony
Herieth Shirima recounts her life at ATC
Attention: Beware of vegetables sold
in Arusha markets
ATC ready for
Lapidary Jewelry
Technology Programme
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From the Principals Desk ............................................. 3
From Editors Desk ..................................................... 4
ATC Takes part to mark its 2nd Graduation Ceremony ........ 5
ATC establishes Civil and Irrigation Engineering
Programme .............................................................. 6
Arusha Technical College Profle .................................... 7- 8
A Success Story ......................................................... 9
News in Pictures ........................................................ 10-11
Manage the waste, raise your proft ................................ 12
e-Recruitment: When Interviews are Substituted
with the use of Internet ............................................... 14
No way, We should embark on Irrigation Technology ......... 15-16
Appointment/Humor Story ......................................... 17
New employment/Staff Development ............................. 18/19
News in Brief ........................................................... 20-28
The Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Mizengo K. Pinda (MP)
Inaugurating Science aboratories on 30th January 2010.
Published By:
Arusha Technical College
P.O.Box 296, Arusha,Tanzania
E-mail: principal@atc.ac.tz
Website: www.atc.ac.tz
Editor
Gasto Leseiyo
Assistant Editor
E.P Sikawa
Consulting Editor
Deogratias Mushi
Sauli Gilliard
Editorial Team:
Winston Msuya
Daudi Mtavangu
Benjamin Kutegeza
Dafay Laway
Rocky Sabigoro
Photographs:
Public Relations Unit
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ARUSHA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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A Biannual Publication of Arusha Technical College t July December, 2011 t Issue 001
I nsi de. . . .
ATC Marks 2nd graduation Ceremony
Herieth Shirima recounts her life at ATC
Attention: Beware of vegetables sold
in Arusha markets
ATC ready for
Lapidary Jewelry
Technology Programme
T|e Frire Mirister cf UriteJ epuL|ic cf Tarzaria Fcr. Mizerc K.
FirJa (MF) |cc|irat a Maruare Mixir Mac|ire |aLricateJ Ly
3tuJerts, Jurir |is visit tc t|e Lc||ee cr J0t| Jaruary 2010.
CONTESTS
CONTESTS
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Dear Readers,
Arusha Technical College (ATC) is a place of the future
where one can join now! You may be surprised to hear
this phrase. The fact is that ones future prospects are
brighter on joining or working at the ATC now. Lets
look at it this way.
Apart from boasting about its over 32 years of good
reputation in provision of technical education and
training, ATC is an autonomous tertiary academic
institution registered by the National Council for
Technical Education (NACTE).
ATC is also a fully NACTE-accredited and runs
engineering technician programmes, which are based
on competency education and training (CBET) system.
Programmes run by the College include Automotive
Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering;
Mechanical Engineering; Highway Engineering; and
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering; and
Science & Laboratory. Qualifcations offered currently
are Ordinary Diploma (i.e., National Technical Awards
levels 4-6). The College recently introduced a Bachelors
Degree programme (i.e., National Technical Awards
levels 7-8 in Civil and Irrigation Engineering).
Institutional autonomy and accreditation were made
possible by the Colleges establishment Order No. 78
of March 2007 (under the under the NACTE Act No.
9 of 1997). This Establishment Order established the
Arusha Technical College (ATC) which replaced the then
Technical College Arusha (TCA) that existed since 1978.
As autonomous institution, the College, just to mention
a few, has managed to do the following:
F Improved quality of teaching by putting in place
quality assurance policies, regulations, processes
and guidelines such as external examination, project
guidelines, industrial practical training regulations,
etc which earned the college status of granting its own
awards for the frst time with effect from academic
year 2010/11.
F In response to the demand of experts in main sectors
of the Tanzanian and East African economy, ATC has
introduced new programmes in Science & Laboratory
Technology and Civil & Irrigation Engineering.
F Embarked on Strategic staff capacity building by
sending 18 staff for further studies at the levels of PhD
(3), Masters (10) and undergraduate (5). In addition
more than twenty teaching staff who were sent for
professional training geared towards promoting
skills and gaining practical oriented training, applied
research and consultancy activities.
F Increased enrolment by more than 76%, from 425
students in academic year 2007/08 to 751 students in the
From the Principals Desk
academic year 2009/10. Enrolment of female students
also increased by 115% under the same period.
F Improved Library services by furnishing reading room;
procuring new books; and two employing librarian
assistants.
F Renovated Hostel I for male students accommodation
and built a new Hostel with capacity of accommodating
200 female Students.
F Started offering professional services and consultancy
in engineering and technology through the newly-
registered ATC Production and Consultancy Bureau
(ATC-PCB).
These achievements have greatly contributed to the
improvement of performance across all programmes
and training levels.
In response to the demand of experts in main sectors of
the Tanzanian and East African economy, the College
aspires to become one of the prime contributors of
technology experts in demanded key sectors of economy.
New target areas are those stimulating and/or adding
value such as Lapidary and Jewelry Technology, Heavy
Duty Equipment Technology, Auto-Electric Engineering,
Computer Engineering and Renewable Energy
Technology, among others.
ATC is proud of its new programmes and anticipates
that these will make an enormous and positive impact to
the labour market. The confdence comes from the fact
that ATC curricula are competence based and developed
with full participation of stakeholders. This means that
teaching and learning processes prepare the learner to
competently undertake their duties after graduation. The
curricula also put emphasis on entrepreneurship across
all training programmes to make graduates ft in the
formal as well as the informal sectors of the economy.
These are some of the best qualities that make ATC a
future place to study and work. Welcome to the ATC!
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Dear readers,
With so much going on within the college and across
the world of technology in general, we felt it is the
right time to re-launch the Arusha Technical College
Newsletter (ATC Newsletter). Different issues have
aroused since we last communicated through this
medium.
We are also delighted to note that the college
makes strides in various aspects with the intention
of preparing capable manpower that will be able to
march with climatic and technological changes that
are happening in Tanzania and the world at large by
introducing a new programme known as Bachelors
Degree in Civil and Irrigation Engineering (B.Eng.
Civil and Irrigation Engineering)
We join hands with the Management of ATC to
congratulate candidates who have been selected to
join this course. We urge them to consider this as
a privilege for them to be the frst pioneers in this
course.
In this issue, we bring you a mixture of features,
news stories and interviews to keep you informed
and entertained, without forgetting the success
story of Engineer Herieth Shirima, a former student
of the then Technical College Arusha, now Arusha
Technical College, as she challenges all female
students to make deliberate efforts to join technical
institutes so as to create gender parity in science and
technology in general.
We end up, with an appeal that, all this is just a
glimpse of much more news and articles that our
editorial team has prepared for you.
Your contributions to the newsletter are much
appreciated and respected. The next issue is
scheduled for January, 2012.
From Editors Desk
Mr. Gasto Leseiyo
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By Staff Writer
Arusha Technical College (ATC) is an autonomous
institution registered by the National Council for
Technical Education (NACTE) to train technicians and
engineers. ATC is fully NACTE accredited, and runs
engineering technician programmes.
ATC was granted autonomy in March 2007, through
the Arusha Technical Establishment order No. 78
under the NACTE Act no. 9 of 1997 to replace the then
Technical College of Arusha (TCA) that existed since
1978. The college has therefore gone through 30 years
of good reputation in provision of technical education
and training.
The college is located at the central business district of
Arusha, which is famous in agriculture, commerce, trade
and tourism. The municipality is also the headquarters
of the East African Community (EAC) and the central
point in Africa between Cape Town and Cairo.
Arusha township is surrounded by famous mountains
such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. In
addition, it is the door to the worlds great wildlife
heritage, including Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and
TLake Manyara National Park. It is such a milieu that
make the colleges location an ideal place for education,
training and applied researches.
All these can be possible because the vision of ATC is to
become a centre of excellence in training, research and
consultancy in science and technology in East Africa
by 2025.
How ATC is managed
The Chief Executive Offcer and Academic Offcer of the
ATC is the Principal, whose immediate assistants are the
Vice Principal Academics, Research and Consultancy
and Vice Principal Planning, Administration and
Finance.
The Vice Principal Academics is Chief Advisor of the
Principal in all Academic, Research and Consultancy
matters of the College.
The Vice Principal Administration is the Chief Advisor of
the Principal in all Administrative matters of the College.
Staff profle
Currently, ATC has 59 academic staff and 15 support
Reasons behind ATCs establishment
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staff. While the academic staff falls under lecture
and instructor cadre, the supporting staff falls under
Technician and craftsman cadres. About 18 academic
staff members are currently pursuing their further
studies leading to Bachelor degrees, Masters degrees
and PhDs.
The College is also using part time staff to enhance
training. The future plan is to recruit about 100
academic staff within the next fve years at a rate of
20 staff per year and 45 supporting staff at a rate of 9
staff annually.
Students enrollment
In 2010/11 Academic year, ATC has enrolled
898students of which 673 students are full time and
part time students pursuing their ordinary programme
courses and bachelors degree programme through
National Technical Awards (NTA) system. The remaining
225 students attend evening classes where they pursue
National Vocational Awards (NVA) programmes.
Academic programmes offered
The college provides a comprehensive range of full-
time and part-time programmes, evening classes short
courses.
Admission to ATC programmes
Candidates may join the Ordinary Diploma (NTA
LEVEL 4-6) programmes offered by ATC through
direct entry scheme, the indirect entry scheme or the
access course route.
Direct entry scheme
In order to qualify for admission under the direct
scheme, a candidate must be a holder of a good
Certifcate of Secondary Education (CSE) with a
minimum pass of C grade in three of the following
subjects; Physics/Engineering Science, Mathematics
and Chemistry/English. A good General Certifcate in
Engineering (GCE) may also be considered.
For admission into the NTA LEVEL 4-6 in Laboratory
Sciences and Technology programmes, qualifed
candidates must have passed chemistry and biology in
addition to the above requirements.
Indirect entry scheme (Mature age entry)
Under the indirect scheme, mature candidates may
be admitted after sitting and passing for a special
entrance examination. In order to qualify for this
examination, a candidate must have either one of the
following requirements:
a) Be a holder of a good Certifcate of Secondary
Education or a good General Certifcate in
Engineering (GCE) with passes in Mathematics
and Physics/Engineering Science.
b) A Possession of a Trade Test Grade II Certifcate
issued by the colleges accredited by the Vocational
Education Training Authority (VETA) and an
industrial experience of at least two years is an
added advantage.
In order to be considered for admission into the
Ordinary Diploma (NTA LEVEL 4-6) in laboratory
science and technology, applicants must be holders
of CSE with good passes in Mathematics, Physics,
Chemistry, Biology and English.
Ordinary Diploma Bridging Course for NTA
LEVEL 4-6 Programmes (Access course)
This is an 8 week course with the objective of improving
candidates competence in the feld of engineering by
bridging their respective gaps. This course leads to
the redress Gender imbalance (due to admission of
big number of female applicants) and diversifcation
of enrolments by widening catchments areas. There
are two categories of candidates that are admitted
through this route.
a) Ordinary diploma bridging courses for female
candidates
The objective of this programme is to improve gender
balance amongst the ATC students by boosting
qualifcations of potential female candidates who
do not qualify under the Direct Entry Scheme (i.e.,
passed but scored below the prevailing cut-off point)
to qualify for admission. Under this programme, a
female candidate is required to follow and successfully
Students practising formwork contruction at masonry workshop
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complete an 8 week bridging course. The subjects
covered in the course include Mathematics, Physics,
Mechanics, Communication Skills and Computer
Applications. Upon successful completion, (passing
in all the prescribed subjects), a female candidate will
qualify for the Government sponsorship, subject to
availability of vacancies.
In order to qualify for this Pre-Ordinary Diploma (NTA
LEVEL 4-6) Entry Course, a female candidate must
possess one of the following minimum qualifcations:
i) Holders of Certifcate of Secondary Education
Examination (CSEE) with minimum pass of D
grade in three (3) of the following subjects: Physics/
Engineering Science, Mathematics, and Biology or
Chemistry or any other related technical subject.
ii) Holders of Certifcate of Secondary Education
Examination (CSEE) with minimum D grade passes
in Mathematics and English and the National
Vocational Training Award (NVTA III) Certifcate.
b) Ordinary Diploma (NTA LEVEL 4-6) Bridging
programme for general candidates
This scheme is similar to Pre-Ordinary Diploma (NTA
LEVEL 4-6) Entry Course for Female candidates described
above but it is mainly aimed to private or third party
sponsored students. Under this category, candidates
who do not qualify under the Direct Entry and Mature
Age Entry Schemes may be admitted after attending
bridging course and obtaining pass marks in all the
prescribed subjects at the end of course examination.
Bachelor of Engineering (NTA Level 7-8)
Programmes
Currently, Candidates can join the B. Eng (NTA Level
7- 8) programmes offered by ATC through Direct Entry
Scheme only. In order to qualify for admission to B. Eng
(NTA Level 7- 8) programmes, a candidate must be in
possession of a good FTC certifcate with an average
of minimum pass of C grade or an average of 3 points
based on the following conversion scale: A = 5, B =
4, C = 3, D = 2 in the respective feld or its equivalent
from a recognized institution. Or candidates, who
have good National Technical Award (NTA) level 6 or
its equivalent as set by the ATC Board.
Short courses at ATC
Arusha Technical College conducts a wide range of
short courses in the following areas:
Micro Computer Applications (for beginners),
Advanced micro computer Applications
(for intermediate and Advanced learners),
Desktop Publishing and
Web Application and Development,
Operating Systems especially Linux,Database
Development and Manager using Commercial and strong
Database manager system including Advanced Ms-
Access, Computer maintenance and trouble shooting,
Computer Networks and Networking and Accounting
Packages especially Tally, Auto CAD, Programmable
Logic Controllers (PLC) and Motor Rewinding.
Others are Foundry, Sheet Metal Work, Industrial
Automation, Automobile maintenance and repair and
Heating, Refrigeration & Air Condition.
Consultancy
The College is using its registered Production and
Consultancy Bureau (ATC-PCB) in hiring its facilities,
carrying out production activities and providing
consultancy services. These include:
a) Geotechnical Soil Survey for Construction of
buildings and Road.
b) Geotechnical soil survey for construction of dams
c) Testing Asphalt Concrete Mixes
d) Concrete mix design
e) Supervision of construction of roads and buildings
f) Design of waste stabilization ponds and constructed
wet lands
g) Design of Urine Diverting dry toilets
h) Hiring of halls play and class rooms
i) Maintenance of medical equipment
j) Material testing
k) Manufacturing of Vehicles &Machine spare parts.
Academic collaboration and links
ATC has collaboration and links with different
institutions. Among others are:
Mbeya Institute of Science and Technology (MIST),
Kilimanjaro
International Institute of Technology (KIITEC), Dar
es Salaam
Institute of Science and Technology (DIT),
College of Engineering and Technology (CoET),
Seliani Agriculture Research Institute.
SARI, Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC)
Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA)
Tanzania Education Authority (TEA)
Tanga Cement Company
CAMOSUN College
LOM irrigation project, JICA, KOICA.
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By Gasto Leseiyo
The months of November and December can be
considered as the graduation season in Tanzania. The
concept is verifed by most higher learning institutions
prospectuses, which mention the same months as
graduation time.
Arusha Technical College (ATC), one of the oldest
technical institutions in the country, held its second
graduation ceremony last year on November 20, 2010.
In the graduation ceremony, a total of 75 graduands
were conferred Ordinary Diploma in different
engineering felds of study. The felds include
Transportation Engineering, Civil Engineering and
Mechanical Engineering.
Others are from the Electrical Engineering and
Automotive Engineering. The guest of honour was the
NACTE Executive Secretary, Mr Joffer Maggila.
Perhaps you may need to know how this period became
so special to the academic institutions, ATC being one
of them.
The history of graduation ceremonies goes back as far as
800 years ago when the frst graduation ceremony was
held in the 12th century in Europe. The occasion was by
then known in Latin as the Language of Scholarship.
It is even believed that the word graduate comes from
the Latin word gradus (step) from which was made
the medieval Latin verb graduare, meaning take a
degree or Diploma. Therefore, the word graduate
came to be known in English as one who takes a Degree
or Diploma.
Recently, graduations ceremonies have been considered
as ritual of passage from one stage to another to ones
personal life.
The words, which are uttered by the Chancellor or the
Guest of Honour, By the Authority given to me, I admit
you to the diploma for which you have qualifed, are
based on the Latin form used in middle ages.
While the guest of honour is uttering the above
words, the public at the graduation ceremony act as
witnesses.
The graduation ceremony is usually processed by an
academic procession of graduands and staff, led by the
Proctor, who carries the college or university mace
as a symbol for institutional authority and a book as a
symbol of learning.
Another important part of graduation ceremony is the
valedictory speech. This is the speech delivered by a
student (Valedictorian), who is considered to be of the
highest scholastic standing. The word Valedictorian
comes from the Latin word Valedictum, which means
a student who delivers a speech during graduation
ceremony.
Usually, the valedictory speech expresses the ups and
downs they have all gone through, and provides a
youthful insight of a hopeful future. The editorial Board
wishes all graduates well in their endeavors.
ATC marks 2
nd
graduation ceremony
From right, frst is the Guest of Honor, NACTE Executive Secretary, Mr. Joffer
Maggila (Next to him right, is the Chairperson of ATC Board Mr. Abraham
Nyanda and Dr. Masudi Senzia Vice Principal Academics)
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ATC establishes Civil and
Irrigation programmes
Students of Bachelors degree in Civil and
Irrigation Engineering in a group Picture
The Arusha Technical
College (ATC) has become
the frst higher learning
institution in Tanzania
to introduce Civil and
Irrigation degree program
to boost Government
kilimo kwanza initiative.
By Staff Reporter
The Arusha Technical College (ATC) has become the frst higher
learning institution in Tanzania to introduce Civil and Irrigation
degree program to boost Government kilimo kwanza initiative.
According to ATC Principal, Engineer Dr. Richard Masika, The
course has been specially formulated to meet market demand as
well as to both help and boost farming activities in the country.
Already, the Arusha Technical College has received about 110
applications for the program for which a total of 30 students have
already been enrolled and 25 have started training.
The Arusha Technical College is an educational institution under
the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT)
registered and fully accredited by the National Council for
Technical Education (NACTE) to train technicians and engineers.
The college has a total of 672 students, which is an increase of
around 75 percent since 2007 when ATC was launched to replace
the then Technical College Arusha (TCA), which was established
in 1978 under Germany-Tanzania cooperation.
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A SUCCESS STORY.
Engineer Herieth Shirima is one of the alumni of the
Arusha Technical College formally known as Technical
College Arusha (TCA). She graduated in 1986 with Full
Technician Certifcate. Our Staff Writer Gasto Leseiyo
interviewed her recently on her experiences at ATC.
Excerpts
Q: Tell us about your early life?
A: I completed primary school in 1979 at Samanga
village, in Moshi Rural District, Kilimanjaro region.
Between 1979-1982, I joined Moshi technical secondary
school, where I obtained Certifcate of Secondary
Education.
In 1983 I joined Technical College Arusha (TCA) where
I graduated in 1986 with a Full Technician Certifcate
in Civil Engineering. I was not satisfed with that
level, hence in 1987 I continued with higher learning
education at the University of Dar es Salaam where I
took Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. In 1992 I
came back to teaching at TCA. As that was not enough,
I went for Masters degree in Civil Engineering at
Caption University in Ottawa, Canada in 1998 where I
graduated in 2000.
Q. When did you start your career as a teacher? And
what are your tasks at ATC?
A: I started my career as a teacher at ATC in 1992,
immediately after graduating at the University of Dar es
Salaam in the Faculty of Engineering. That was my frst
appointment. Currently, I am a Dean of Students and
Head of Transportation Engineering department.
Q: Why did you choose to study engineering?
A: My interest in mathematics was a key factor in
my current career. I loved this subject since I was in
standard one. I was the best student in Mathematics in
both primary and secondary schools. It was at Moshi
Technical Secondary school where I took engineering
related subjects to translate my dreams into actuality.
I never thought of becoming a politician in my life .I
think being an engineer is the best thing I wanted in my
life, and indeed, I am happy with what I do. I thank God
for the achievement I have made in my life.
Q: Have you ever thought of giving up?
A: I have never thought of giving up in my life. I keep on
struggling always to get what I think will advance my
professional career. One should not despair when he/
she wants to achieve something. I am a Professional
Engineer who is registered by Engineers Registration
Board (ERB) since 2005. I normally provide consultancy
services in various projects in Arusha, one being the soil
investigation at Arusha Shopping Centre. So giving up
for me is next to impossible.
Q: Is there anything that you dont like about your
work?
A: Well! Dealing with students is at times problematic.
Students are always unpredictable .One needs to work
very diligently with them. I thank God that I am getting
along with them quite well. I love the students and we
work together without much diffculty.
Q: A word to female students willing to be engineers?
A: Any person can achieve anything in life regardless
of his/her sex. The most important thing is to have
confdence in oneself; that you can do it. They should
know that, engineering is not only for men instead it
is for both sexes. They should practice mathematics
regularly and stick to their personal time-tables. Female
students should not let friends waste their time, instead
they need to work very hard to fulfll their dreams.
Herieth Shirima recounts her life at ATC
Eng. Herieth Shirima
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Arusha municipality is one of few areas in Tanzania where vegetables
are found in all seasons (rain and dry) at affordable price. This is partly
contributed by urban agriculture practice by many residents of Arusha
City and neighboring areas. The majority of households in Arusha
municipal get vegetables for their consumption either from the major
markets (Central and Kilombero) or from their own small gardens.
Vegetables from markets are grown locally with Lemara being the
major source of these vegetables.
Why Lemara is a major supplier of vegetables in Arusha?
Lemara is one of the seventeen (17) wards in Arusha Municipality
located in periurban areas North-East of the Arusha City.
Currently Lemara is estimated to have a population of more than
18,000 who depend mostly on formal and informal business for their
survival. Urban farming is practiced in Lemara and it is estimated that
24.2% of the population depends on agricultural activities. People in
Lemara have been using wastewater effuent from waste stabilization
ponds (WSP) for agricultural purpose since 1970s. The idea of using
WSP effuent was due to frequent drought; although later the effuent
was found to have potential nutrients for the better yield especially
vegetables, Level of contamination of vegetables in Arusha
Study made through Resource Oriented Sanitation (ROSA) project
funds revealed that the vegetables from Lemara have high level of
helminth eggs and faecal coliforms (FC) as compared to WHO
recommendations. Surprisingly, samples of vegetable taken from
areas which are irrigated by Arusha Urban Water Supply Authority
(AUWSA) water (Clean water) and those taken from markets have also
indicated unacceptable levels of helminth eggs and faecal coliforms.
WHO recommends vegetable to have less than 1 helminth eggs and
wastewater for irrigating vegetables to have less than 103 FC.
How helminthes eggs get into your body and their effect?
The eggs usually enter the body through contaminated water or food
or on fngers placed in the mouth after the hands have touched a
contaminated object. Once inside the body, helminth eggs usually
lodge in the intestine, hatch, grow and multiply. They might migrate
There is no doubt that vegetables remain
one of the very important source of food
full of Vitamin A and other nutrients. While health physicians advise people to take them as a part of their
every meal, the answer of the question: Where they come from can give assurance whether they are going
to work positively in your body or not. According World Health Organization, WHO, some vegetables
have unacceptable level of bacteriological microorganisms and if they are consumed they can be harmful
to your health. In this perspective, Dr. Masudi Senzia analyzes the sources of varieties of vegetables in
Arusha town, how they might endanger your health, and advise to the users how to get rid of it.
Attention: Beware of vegetables
sold in Arusha markets
to other parts of the body through the
bloodstream and the lymphatic system.
Symptoms of their presence include
fatigue, weight loss, irritability, poor
appetite, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
In time, a high fever, puffness of the face
and muscle pain develop. Eventually the
helminth can penetrate the muscles, the
heart and the brain and can cause death.
What should you do?
When one visits Arusha municipality, it
is advised that you should not eat raw
vegetables. You should cook them before
they are consumed. This is because despite
which source they come from within the
municipal, they have unacceptable level
of bacteriological microorganisms which
are harmful to your health.
Senzia, M.A
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By: Mwanza Jafari
On earth, the great thing is man, in man the great
thing is mind Sir William Hamilton.
It is essentially wasteful to use materials in such a way
that they return less than the highest potential proft.
Key persons, such as departments heads and branch
managers, supervisors and foremen, must see that this
does not happen. They must keep a tight rein on their
operating costs.
Reducing waste is one of their most important duties,
and it requires a continuous control effort.
Discovering problem areas
In order to eliminate wastes, frst you must fnd it.
Take a walk through your offce. Check offce routines
and paperwork. Look over supplies and discards. Any
chance of savings? Take a stroll through the plant. Are
materials carefully stored? Is handling done effciently
in a straight line, or as nearly straight as possible?
Are machines operating effciently? Are defective and
broken products kept to the minimum? Are they
collected for salvage by reprocessing, or o be sold
as scrap?
Your inspection may pinpoint a number of trouble
spots. Workers may be following outdated methods
involving ineffcient work movements, unnecessary
walking, extra materials handling or machine
idleness. A plant layout that was good enough
10 years ago may be very ineffcient for todays
operations. Here are some areas you might check:
Equipment
Is equipment being used effciently? This is a vital
point to check. Good production control always
means more output from the same plant equipment
and work-force. Machines and tools must be kept
in better condition. Machine shutdowns caused
by faulty maintenance are a source of gross waste.
Machine effciency depends upon the reduction of
stresses as much as possible, so that machine parts
work without energy-wasting friction.
Rearrangement of operations may save time, energy,
space and material. You should also consider the
potential for saving in the purchase and use more
modern machinery. Look for equipment that will
achieve: increased productivity, uniform quality,
better control of the production fow and reduced
running cost. It is not economical to employ higher
level of mechanization than you need.
Labour
In many industries, low individual productivity is a major
source of waste. Individual output can be increased by
serving workers energy in unnecessary lifting, moving,
working, reaching and bending.
Dont tolerate careless work. Besides wasting the
careless workers time, it is also waste of time for those
who should reprocess his work, correct errors and do
other things he/she had neglected to do. Every employee
should perform competitively, producing a reasonable
quantity of good work every day.
Time
Time is an important factor in creating effciency. Dont
let poor planning eat up shop or offce time. Follow this
planning routine and training, and allow your workers
to follow a similar pattern. List jobs in the order of their
importance. Include everything on a work timetable.
Manage the wastes, raise your profit
Mr. Mwanza Jaffari
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Defne your goals and concentrate on essentials. Shake
time-wasting chores our of your work routine. Tackle
each job decisively. Most of us work more easily and
use less energy when we work at a brisk tempo. Dont
spend dollar-time on penny jobs.
Scrap
Intelligent handling of scrap can be proftable. Some
waste materials can be used in byproducts. Waste can
be further whittled down through synthetic chemistry
and other measures to recover secondary materials.
If you work in rescue department, just retrieve scrap for
processing or sale. Study the scrap to see if it is resulting
from improper storage, use of oversize stock, poor
workmanship, ineffcient machines, faulty handling,
careless inspection or tolerance gaps.
Scheduling
There is waste in the form of added costs when
production schedules are not followed. Check whether
the work is reaching the right section of a department
at the right time.
Planning action
We have raised the dust and then we complain we
cannot see George Beckley.
Eliminating or reducing waste centers on two important
activities: determining the cause of waste and correcting
them. When you are looking for ways to eliminate or
minimize waste, look at operations and ask why
theyre necessary. Too often, time is spent on
improvement possibilities without asking why
the operation under study is performer at all.
If the operation cannot be eliminated, then look
for improvement possibilities. List the various
action possibilities: Can task be combined,
standardized or simplifed? Can the sequence of
operation be improved?
Neatness helps prevent waste.
Effcient workers know how much the placement
and arrangement of tools, equipment and
materials affect productivity. Much waste of
time, space, material, and energy results from
thoughtlessness. Dont allow work papers
or materials to pile up until its necessary to
rummage constantly to locate whats needed.
Accuracy and available records are essential. Study
monthly reports for discrepancies between direct labour
cost and budget allowances, and between projected
and actual output. Reports may signal a need to
check whether production time was wasted waiting for
materials, parts or tools. Gaps between production and
sales fgures may point to an overstocked inventory.
The goal of the waste control is to achieve a work
climate in which all employees have acquired the habit
of carefulness.
The great thing in the world is not so much where
we are but in what direction we are moving to
Oliver Holmes.
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E-Recruitment: When interviews
are substituted with internet
By Dafay Laway
Some people who have been using internet for a long time
have come across the term e-Recruitment at some point.
E- Recruitment is simply a system designed to connect
jobseekers and different organizations in need of
competent people using internet technology.
The process starts by posting jobs on the Internet and this
can be on the organizations website or organizations
web-portal.
This process creates awareness to the public about
the availability of the vacancy in a certain particular
organization. Advertisements are normally attached
with job descriptions (information about the duties,
responsibilities and the tasks expected to be done by
the prospective employee), the person specifcation
(the qualifcations, skills, knowledge and experience
required).
Candidates interested in advertized jobs can fll the
forms provided on the internet where they can attach
their CVs, certifcates, academic transcripts and other
relevant references.
This process involves collecting and putting the
candidates in a main pool while those who fail to meet
the basic requirements sorted out and removed from
the pool automatically by the system.
After the pool of the candidates who have met the
requirements is recruited the next stage will be selection.
In most cases, e-HRM systems through e-recruiting
can perform the frst two stages, that is, attracting
candidates into a pool and sorting out those who do
not meet the basic requirement.
The third stage is that of selection which is undertaken
through traditional selection methods which include
conducting interviews and doing some tests.
Furthermore we can still utilize the internet technology
in making the selection of the most suitable candidates
from the pool of the sorted out candidates.
Telephone interview can be used for structured interviews,
although the face-to-face meeting is still necessary as it
serves some social functions.
Interviews are conversations for purpose; face-to-
face interviews provide an opportunity for both the
prospective employee and the employer to learn from
each other. Face-to-face interviews can also be used as
the forum for making some negotiations.
The use of videoconferencing provides the possibility of
what is called a half-way house between the telephone
interview and the face-to-face interview. Both the
structured telephone interview and videoconferencing if
effectively used, and can save time and costs especially
for overseas applicants.
When internet is used in selecting the most suitable
candidates for the jobs, it is imperative to address the
following issues; security, confdentiality, authentication,
control over test conditions, control over practice and
equality.
Security in this context can be defned as the protection
of personal confdential information from any
unauthorized access. Local Area Network (LAN) can be
used to control to some extent the access to computer-
based tests whereby the access from outside the LAN
can be controlled or denied using for example some
special programmes such as frewalls.
With frewalls, the access can either be restricted to some
parts of the LAN while other sensitive parts are concealed
from the access or the access can be entirely denied.
Generally the approach should be to use technological
infrastructures that supports and encourage the good
practice. The use of proxy servers, fxing transactions
within the so called Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and the
use of encryption mechanisms whereby the information
transferred through the communication links are
encrypted (changed to unreadable form) at the source
using some algorithms and decrypted at the destination
can serve the security purpose.
Nominated administrators or invigilators can control
the authentication and cheating during the test. These
personnel will ensure that no materials brought in
the room to assist the candidates while doing tests.
Internet-based assessment uses some advanced control
and security measures; this includes publishing only the
materials of interest to the public on web browsers while
all sensitive materials remain on the host servers.
Mr. Dafay Laway
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Simbachawene: ATC shining Star in Politics
By Staff Writer
How many of us make it to the top of our dreams or
Professionals? It has not come as a surprise to many people
at Arusha Technical College (ATC), who knew Hon. George
Simbachawene, the MP for Kibakwe Constituency, since
he was a student at the then Technical College Arusha,
now Arusha Technical college (ATC), for what he has
accomplished today.
When he pursued his technical studies between 1989
and 1993, in the Automotive Engineering technician
Course, no one would have doubted one day Hon. George
Simbachawene (MP) will become exemplary Politician in
Tanzania.
Said to be gifted with leadership charisma since he was a
student at the College, Hon. Simbachawene ably managed
to hold various leadership position including the Vice-
President in the Students Government and the Chairperson
of Tanzania Youth Catholic Students (TYCS).
His current activities as an ATCs Governing Board member
and the MP for Kibakwe Constituency by the ticket of the
ruling Party, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has also enabled
him to use his technical skills to play an important role in
advising the College Management on good governance.
To us, ATC, its a great pleasure for having this important
Person because we even understand that apart from advising
and making other decisions for the Colleges development,
when he goes back in Bunge, he advocates for the promotion
of ATC but also for the promotion of technical education
and Training in Tanzania.
Did he utilize his automotive skills?
The answer is YES. He did! The knowledge he fetched at
the then TCA marketed him at Urafki Bus Service to cover
the post of Workshop Manager and Transport Offcer. He
maintained his post from 1995 until the year 1998.
There after his management skills were tested and proved
very able at Muzdalifa Islamic Charitable Organization
where he was employed as the Managing Director. Hon.
Simbachamwene successfully served in this post from 1998
to 2005 while pursing LLB studies at the Open University
of Tanzania.
After the completion of his LLB studies and having
been awarded degree in 2005, Hon. Simbachawene
was confdence enough to vie for MP post for Kibakwe
Constituency and became a winner. As an MP, he speaks in
the Bunge not only as an MP but also one of the Members
in the Parliamentary Committee on the House standing
Orders of which make us confdent that at the house
located in center of the United Republic of Tanzania,
Dodoma, he is the seeds for great changes in our
technical colleges and training of much needed
technicians in the country.
Hon. George Simbachawene carries the college
mace as a symbol for institutional Authority
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GUEST WRITER
By Sauli Gilliard
TANZANIA heavily depends on agriculture,
simply because this sector accounts for
more than 40 per cent of the countrys
Gross Domestic Product (GDP), providing
85 percent of exports, and employing 80
percent of the workforce.
Knowing its importance as the backbone
of economy, the government has set some
strategies associated with some honey-
coated slogans aimed at revolutionizing the
sector.
Recent data have shown that Tanzania is
among developing countries that have severe
food insecurity. Moreover, Tanzania is in the
bottom of the worlds economies in terms of
per capital income.
Some slogans that have previously been used
to motivate the growth of agriculture are
Kilimo ni Uti wa Mgongo which can literally
be translated to Agriculture is the backbone
of economy followed by Siasa ni Kilimo
meaning Politics means agriculture and the
current one is Kilimo Kwanza which denotes
Agriculture frst.
Though Tanzania has not yet met the Maputo
Agreement that requires African countries to
utilize the 10 percent of their budget into
agriculture, there has been some awareness
to the Tanzanian farmers on revolutionizing
the sector through Kilimo Kwanza.
While the current slogan is accompanied
with subsidies like fertilizers and tractors, still
global warming continues to be a challenge
in combating hunger, poverty and producing
for the external market.
It is estimated that 80 percent of the rural
population live in abject poverty, while in
urban areas, the remaining 20 percent lives
lack essential commodities.
Previously, farmers used to complain on
inability of acquiring technology like tractors,
combined harvesters, pesticides as reasons
which hinder them from producing for
market.
Irrigation Immediate solution to global warming
Typical irrigantion schemes
Irrigantion schemes structures
Linear Irrigation
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But now, without irrigation, technology and expertise,
the rest of inputs in agriculture may be calculated as
meaningless.
What does this mean? Amid the current climatic condition
that depends on seasonal rainfalls, agriculture could
remain illusion among most countries in sub Saharan
countries.
Climatic change has cause insuffcient and unpredictable
rains, thus putting farmers at crossroads, contemplating
whether they will be able to put into practice the Kilimo
Kwanza initiative.
The only solution on sight is to struggle and embark
on irrigation technology, while we still make use of the
unpredictable rains.
In Agriculture, water is almost everything. Farmers can
have subsidies in fertilizers, tractors, seeds and pesticides,
if they depend only on seasonal rains. When it does not
rain, the work done is rated to zero.
But we have a lesson to learn from Egypt, a country
that is surrounded by desert, but yet it is among the few
countries in Africa that depends on agriculture to feed its
people.
Egypt depends on river Nile that originates from Lake
Victoria in East Africa. We ought to draw example from
this country and see the best ways we could use to improve
our farming methods in this region.
Back to Tanzania, a country
endowed with fertile land
and water bodies its rural
population amounts to 80
percent fails to produce enough
food, while the remaining 20
percent in urban areas live in
poverty.
One thing is clear - the suffcient
rainfall that the region used to
enjoy is no longer there due to
global warming.
Environmentalists say that water
bodies might be unreliable
sources in future. So the question
is - Why shouldnt we prepare
ourselves well in advance for
this foreseen disaster?
In the recent past, climatic
conditions have changed, so it
is the responsibility of human
beings to struggle against the fore coming disaster.
This could be done through better use of utilizing
technology effectively, and also create enabling
environment that should include irrigation infrastructure
as the best option.
The government should not only emphasize on
subsidizing fertilizers and pesticides, but instead turn to
the stakeholders and investors who have shown interest
on imparting knowledge and investing in agriculture for
the purpose of modernizing and commercializing the
sector.
Since Arusha Technical College (ATC) has become the frst
higher learning institution in the country to introduce the
degree in Civil and Irrigation Engineering, the government
should support the institution fnancially, and also utilize
its graduates in placing agriculture at the position it
deserves.
ATC move is among of the major steps that should be
supported in modernizing agriculture - to produce not
for the substance, but for the global market.
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HUMOR STORY
ATC recent
appointments
Mr. Daud Mtavangu
is now the new head of Civil Engineering department.
He was previously the Head of Soil and Bitumen
Laboratory.
Mr. Baraka Kichonge
has been appointed new Manager or ATC-PCB
[Arusha Technical College Production & Consultancy
Bureau] with effect from 15th November, 2010.
By Staff Writer
A PhD holder and an ordinary man went on a
camping trip, set up their tent and fell asleep.
Some hours later, the ordinary man woke up his
PhD friend and asks him, My friend look up at the
sky and tell me what you see?
The PhD man replies: I see millions of stars. The
ordinary man poses another question: What does
that tell you?
The PhD guy ponders for a minute: Astronomically
speaking, it tells me that there are millions of
galaxies and potentially billions of planets.
Astrologically, it tells me that Satan is in Leo. Time
wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter
past three. Theologically, its evident the Lord is
all-powerful and we are small and insignifcant.
Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful
day tomorrow. What does it tell you?
The ordinary man is silent for a moment, and then
speaks:
Practically........it tells me that someone has stolen
our tent.
Lesson: Be educated in the right way and not go
beyond the boundaries.
Discussion between unlearned
and academician
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Mr. Gasper M. Wilfred has
joined ATC as a Technician I
Mr.Rehemael Anael has
joined ATC as a Senior
Laboratory Technician
Mr. Gasto Leseiyohas has
joined ATC as a Senior
Public Relation Offcer
Mr. Joel Masaga has joined ATC
as Senior Driver II
Ms. Lusy Petro has joined ATC as
Technician I in the Mechanical Dept.
Mr. Hassan Shomari
New Employees / Staff Development
Staff Development
The former head of Civil Engineering
Department, Mr. Hassan Shomari has
left for Dar es Salaam to pursue a post
graduate Diploma in Geometrics at Ardhi
University. Mr. Shomari holds a Bachelor
of Science in Technical Education from
Malawi University.
Mr.Slaa Qanne has just reported on duty
after successful completion of his Masters
degree in Mathematical Modeling at the
University of Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Hassan Shomari
Mr. Slaa Qanne
New Employees
Mr. David Mangehe has joined ATC as
Technician in the Electrical Department
Ms. Judith Mwase has joined ATC
as Assistant Librarian I
Mr. Pascal Jao has joined ATC
as Accounts Technician II
Ms. Isabela Lyimo has joined ATC as
Senior Records Management Assintant I
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ATC ready for Lapidary and Jewelry Technology Programme
News in Brief
A group picture of workshop participants during Consultaive stakeholders for proposed Basic Technician in
Lapidary and Jewelry Technlogy Programme held at ATC recently. Standing at the middle (in blue nicktie) the
Chairperson of ATC Board Mr. Abraham Nyanda
Arusha Technology College (ATC) is set to initiate a
Basic Technician in Lapidary and Jewelry technology
programme effective next academic year.
The programme will be open to all eligible students with
relevant qualifcations.
The Vice Principal Academics of Arusha Technical College
Eng. Dr. Masudi Senzia said recently that the plans were
underway by College Administration in Collaboration
with Camosun College of Victoria - Canada to launch
the programme offcially.
Dr. Senzia said that ATC has already acquired equipment
including books for the programme, and that the college
was expecting to obtain more support from the Ministry
of Education and Vocational Training and Camosun
College of Canada.
Our College in partnership with various stakeholders
such as Ministry of Education and Vocational Training as
well as international agencies like Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) will pull efforts to run this
programme Dr. Senzia said.
It is believed that more than 25,000 gemstone cutters
from India, Thailand and Japan beneft from Tanzanian
gemstones while in Tanzania only 400 gemstone cutters
beneft.
By Gasto Leseiyo
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ATC mourns two diseased staff
Arusha Technical College (ATC) staff were recently faced with shock when two of their
colleagues passed away, leaving them with sad memories.
They are Mr. Babeli Sabuni who passed away on November 15, 2010 while on medical
checkup at Mt. Meru Hospital. He was buried at his home in Same District on November
17, 2010. Until his death, the Late Sabuni was ATC Senior Clinical Offcer II. He died
of diabetic complications.
ATC has also lost John Daniel Matee, who passed away on March 27, 2011 in a
fateful road accident .He was laid to rest on March 30, 2011 in Moshi Rural District,
Kilimanjaro region. The late Matee was Artisan I at ATC.
May God rest their souls in the eternal peace, Amen.
One of the girls representatives, Salama Kyarumbika, during discussions.
John Daniel Matee
Italian Government to support ATC
By: Winston Msuya
Arusha Technical College ATC) is expecting to receive a
support from Italian government to provide knowledge
to Tanzanian students.
The aid will be funded through Italian Development
Corporation (IDC) under the programme known as
Tanzanian Technical Education and Labour Market
Support (TTELMS) Programme.
The Programme is aimed at strengthening and
supplementing Tanzania Governments efforts in
promoting technical education and training in the
Country said Italian Development Cooperation
Programme Offcer, Danniele Passalaqua.
Technical Institutions to beneft under this programme
include Arusha Technical College (ATC), Dar es Salaam
Institute of Science and Technology (DIT) and Mbeya
Institute of Science and Technology (MIST).
The institutes will receive training equipment and
reference materials in the engineering felds. The
assistance will also be used to rehabilitate some existing
workshops and laboratories.
Meanwhile, representatives of female students were
invited to discuss kinds of support they need in
education and they requested bursaries in education.
They have also requested to be assisted when seeking
employment or willing to join universities after fnishing
diploma courses.
Delegates for the scholarships and support to female students workshop in a group picture.
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ATC takes part in 6
th
Higher Education
exhibitions
Minister for Education and Vocational Training Hon. Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa
signs a Visitors book after getting explanation on ATC academic Programmes
Minister for Education and Vocational Training Hon. Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa
gets explanation from Mr. Nicholus Mhusa when he visited ATC Booth
at the 6th exhibition for higher learning Institutions in Dar es Salaam
A group picture with the Minister for Communication, Science and
Technology. Hon. Prof. Makame M. Mbarawa (4th from right) during the
closing day of the exhibition at Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam
By Staff Reporter
The Arusha Technical College (ATC) participated
in the sixth exhibitions on Higher Education,
Science and Technology organized by Tanzania
Commission for Universities (TCU) at Blue Pearl
Hotel in Dar es Salaam recently.
The three-day exhibition started on April 27,
2011 and climaxed on 29th April 2011. A team
of three members of staff under the coordination
of Mr. Jaffari Mwanza represented ATC.
The Participation of ATC in this event was a
success, as it provided a good marketing and
publicity opportunity for its activities and
services.
The ATC pavilion attracted many visitors including
the Minister for Education and Vocational
Training Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa who lauded
the College for introducing Bachelors degree
in Civil and Irrigation Engineering to support
Kilimo Kwanza initiative.
Various Offcials from Ministries, Private and
other Government departments, Higher Learning
Institutions and the general public both from
within and outside the country visited the ATC
exhibition area at the 6th TCU exhibitions.
Among them was Minister for Communication,
Science and Technology Proffesor Makame
Mbarawa, Proffessor Elias Bisanda from
the Open University of Tanzania (OUT), Dr.
Bhatt Mgaywa and a Member of Parliament
Honourable Luhaga Mpina.
Others were Proffessor Deo Olila from Busitema
University in Uganda and Dr. Falres Jlomo of the
Tumaini University.
ATC seized the opportunity to distribute various
brochures, calendars and colleges prospectus to
different people who paid visit to the pavilion.
The electronic media was not left behind in
covering the event, including Radio Mlimani
and Mlimani TV.
As for print media, Mwananchi, Citizen, and
Jambo Leo newspapers carried articles on the
exhibition.
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A delegation of 9 members of staff from Kenya Technical
Teachers College visited the Arusha Technical College
(ATC) on May 3, 2011 in a familiarization tour.
The team, led by Mr. Samuel Murage who is the
Duty Principal met with the ATC Principal Eng. Dr
Richard Masika, Heads of various departments and
workshops.
Later on, Dr. Masika presented a brief ATC overview
and NTA programmes offered by ATC. He further gave
brief information on the new programmes that ATC
intends to introduce in 2011/12 academic year.
In response to a question raised by one the visiting staff
members who wanted to know how ATC plans to cope
with a big number of students who intend to
join ATC, Dr. Masika explained that the college
is in the process of building new dormitories to
accommodate more students who will be enrolled
next academic year.
Currently we have enough rooms but we shall
need more accommodation facilities, because
our college is fast expanding he explained.
According to Dr. Masika, the college is also
planning to introduce new courses in the feld
of lapidary and jewellery technology, Heavy Duty
Equipment Technology, Computer Engineering,
Automotive and Agro-mechanical Engineering and
Auto electrical engineering.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Samuel
Murage thanked Dr. Masika for accepting their request
to visit Arusha Technical College.
Your presentation has been of a big help to us and
the Kenya Technical Teachers College (KTTC) in
general, and how ATC as Institution of Higher learning
works. I believe most of us will leave here with crucial
information which can be used in our college said
Mr. Murage.
Kenya Technical Teachers college
delegation visits ATC
By Gasto Leseiyo
A deligation from Kenya Technical Teachers College (KTTC) receive information from the Mechanical Workshop Manager Mr. Hamis
Mwahu during familiarization tour at ATC recently.
The Registrar of Kenya Technical Teachers College Mr. Ali Hassani
delivers a Vote of thanks when they visited ATC recently.
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S k i l l s M a k e t h e D i f f e r e n c e w w w . a t c . a c . t z
A R U S H A T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E
A T C - P R O D U C T I O N & C O N S U L T A N C Y B U R E A U
A T C - P C B i s a l e g a l e n t i t y r e g i s t e r e d b y E n g i n e e r s R e g i s t r a t i o n B o a r d ( E R B ) s i n c e M a y 2 0 1 0
T h e B u r e a u h a s C o m p e t e n t a n d d i v e r s i e d e x p e r i e n c e P r o f f e s s i o n a l s w h o a r e p a r t o f
A T C - P C B r e a d y t o s e r v e e s t e e m e d C u s t o m e r s d e p e n d i n g o n t h e i r n e e d s .

S o i l a n d b i t u m e n T e s t i n g w i t h P r o f f e s s i o n a l a d v i s o r y S e r v i c e s
R e c r u i t m e n t S e a r c h S e r v i c e s
P r o v i d i n g P r o f f e s s i o n a l C o n s u l t a t i o n s
C O N S U L T I N G S E R V I C E S P R O V I D E D B Y A T C - P C B
Q u a n t i t y S u r v e y i n g S e r v i c e s
I C T S e r v i c e s
A r c h i t e c t u r a l C o n s u l t a t i o n s
S t r u c t u r a l D e s i g n W o r k s
C o n s t r u c t i o n P r o j e c t s S u p e r v i s i o n
L a n d S u r v e y i n g A c t i v i t i e s
P r o j e c t w r i t e - u p s
C o n c r e t e C u b e s a n d B l o c k s T e s t i n g
S t r u c t u r a l S t e e l t e n s i l e t e s t i n g
O T H E R S E R V I C E S P R O V I D E D B Y A T C - P C B
R e n t i n g o f g r a d u a t i o n g r o w n s
R e n t i n g o f K i t c h e n U t e n s i l s
R e n t i n g o f b u i l d i n g , h a l l , a n d f u r t u r e s
R e n t i n g o f o p e n s p a c e
R e n t i n g o f p a c k i n g a n d b i l l b o a r d s s p a c e
A R U S H A T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E N e w s l e t t e r 2 0 1 1
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A R U S H A T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E N e w s l e t t e r 2 0 1 1
- ? = @ @ G ' 5 ? 9 H < 9 = : : 9 F 9 B 7 9 K K K 5 H 7 5 7 H N
e s t a b l i s h e d c o u r s e o f C i v i l
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i n t h e l e v e l o f b a c h e l o r a n d
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w a r m i n g a n d c l i m a t i c
c h a n g e , n o w a y o u t w e
c a n f e e d o u r s e l v e s a n d
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e m b a r k i n g a n d i n v e s t i n
i r r i g a t i o n .
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f u l l m a n d a t e , A T C h a s
m a n a g e d t o e s t a b l i s h
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t h e p r o s p e r i t y o f o t h e r
c o m i n g 5 0 y e a r s a n d e v e n
b e y o n d . T h e s e a r e D i p l o m a
i n L a b o r a t o r y S c i e n c e
T e c h n o l o g y a n d E l e c t r o n i c a n d T e l e C o m m u n i c a t i o n
e n g i n e e r i n g . I n f u t u r e , A T C i n t e n d s t o b e c o m e a c e n t r e o f
p r o v i d i n g o t h e r c o u r s e s t h a t a r e m a r k e t a b l e w o r l d w i d e
l i k e l a p i d a r y a n d j e w e l l e r y t e c h n o l o g y , A u t o m o t i v e a n d
A g r o - m e c h a n i c a l E n g i n e e r i n g , A u t o E l e c t r i c E n g i n e e r i n g ,
C o m p u t e r E n g i n e e r i n g a n d H e a v y D u t y E q u i p m e n t
T e c h n o l o g y . T h e s e a c h i e v e m e n t s h a v e n o t h a p p e n e d a s
t h e r a i n d r o p p i n g f r o m t h e s k y .
A p a r t f r o m t h e G o v e r n m e n t , a r e o t h e r s t a k e h o l d e r s
a r e a l s o w o r k i n g c l o s e t o m a k e t h e i n s t i t u t i o n s d r e a m
t o c o m e t r u e . A m o n g o f t h e m i s G e r m a n A g e n c y f o r
T e c h n i c a l C o o p e r a t i o n .
N i n e y e a r s a f t e r a t t a i n i n g h e r i n d e p e n d e n c e , T a n z a n i a
s t a r t e d t h e p r o c e s s i n g o f e s t a b l i s h i n g t h i s c o l l e g e a n d
i t w a s t h i s a g e n c y w h i c h r e s p o n d e d p o s i t i v e l y b y f u l l y
p a r t i c i p a t i n g i n b u i l d i n g T C A w h i c h i s n o w A T C .
A s t h e m i s s i o n i s y e t n o t f u l l l e d , A T C i s s t i l l w o r k i n g
w i t h o t h e r s t a k e h o l d e r s i n m a k i n g s u r e t h e e x i s t i n g s c a r c e
o f t e c h n i c a l e x p e r t s o f w h i c h t h e r a t i o i s ; o n e e n g i n e e r
s e r v i n g 5 , 0 0 0 T a n z a n i a n s ( 1 : 5 , 0 0 0 ) i s w i p e d o u t . O t h e r
s t a k e h o l d e r s a r e K o r e a a n d J a p a n .
T e c h n i c a l s e c t o r
c h a l l e n g e s
D e s p i t e m e a s u r e s t a k e n
b y t h e g o v e r n m e n t t o
t a c k l e s o m e c h a l l e n g e s
s u r r o u n d i n g t e c h n i c a l
s e c t o r , t h e r e s t i l l r e m a i n s
l o w n u m b e r o f e n g i n e e r s i n
t h e c o u n t r y .
T h e c o u n t r y s d e m a n d
s t a n d s a t b e t w e e n 6 0 , 0 0 0
a n d 8 0 , 0 0 0 e n g i n e e r s .
C u r r e n t l y , t h e c o u n t r y
c a n p r o d u c e o n l y 1 , 5 0 0
e n g i n e e r s p e r y e a r a n d
s u g g e s t i o n t o t a c k l e s
i n d i c a t e s , T a n z a n i a h a s
t o t r a i n a b o u t o f 2 0 , 0 0 0
e n g i n e e r s a n n u a l l y i f i t i s
t o c a t c h u p w i t h d e v e l o p e d
c o u n t r i e s .
H o w e v e r t h e p r o b l e m i s
m o r e e s c a l a t i n g w h e n
o n e t r i e s t o e v a l u a t e
g e n d e r p a r i t y i n t e c h n i c a l
i n s t i t u t i o n s a n d t h e w h o l e
s e c t o r a t l a r g e .
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D r . R i c h a r d M a s i k a , i n
2 0 0 6 / 2 0 0 7 a c a d e m i c y e a r ,
f e m a l e s t u d e n t s a c c o u n t e d
f o r o n l y 1 4 p e r c e n t o f t h e
n e w i n t a k e , r i s i n g t o 2 5 p e r
c e n t t h e f o l l o w i n g y e a r ( 2 0 0 7 / 2 0 0 8 ) b u t d r o p p i n g t o 2 3
p e r c e n t i n 2 0 0 8 / 2 0 0 9 .
G o v e r n m e n t h a s s o m e p o l i c i e s t o a t t r a c t f e m a l e s t u d e n t s
t o t a k e t e c h n i c a l s t u d i e s . T o s u p p o r t t h i s i n i t i a t i v e , A T C
h a s m a d e t h e e n t r y q u a l i c a t i o n s m o r e e x i b l e t o f e m a l e
s o t h a t e x - F o r m I V w i t h l o w e r m a r k s c a n b e a s s i s t e d t o
q u a l i f y . A l t h o u g h i n T a n z a n i a t h e r e a r e g o o d p o l i c i e s t h a t
e n c o u r a g e s t u d e n t s a t s e c o n d a r y l e v e l t o p u r s u e s c i e n c e
r e l a t e d s u b j e c t a n d s p e c i c a l l y f e m a l e s t u d e n t s , i n j e c t i o n
o f m o r e m o n e y t o t u r n t h e m i n t o r e a l i t y i s c r u c i a l .
D r . M a s i k a p r a i s e s T a n z a n i a E d u c a t i o n A u t h o r i t y ( T E A )
f o l l o w i n g i t s d e c i s i o n o f p r o v i d i n g S h . 2 3 m i l l i o n g r a n t t o
s p o n s o r c r a s h p r o g r a m m e s f o r f e m a l e s .
H o w e v e r , t h i s w a s t h e r s t t i m e t h e e d u c a t i o n b o d y w a s
s p o n s o r i n g f e m a l e s t u d e n t s f o r a c o u r s e t o e n a b l e t h e m
q u a l i f y f o r e n t r a n c e i n t o t h e c o l l e g e . D r . M a s i k a s a i d t h e
c o l l e g e i n t e n d s t o i n c r e a s e e n r o l m e n t o f s t u d e n t s j o i n i n g
A T C t o 1 , 0 7 5 i n 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 i n o r d e r t o m e e t t h e m a r k e t
d e m a n d o f t h e g r a d u a t e s .
A T C h o p e s t h i s e x a m p l e w i l l b e t a k e n b y o t h e r s t a k e h o l d e r s
w h o a r e d i r e c t o r i n d i r e c t l y b e n e t i n g f r o m t h e g r a d u a t e s
o f t e c h n i c a l i n s t i t u t i o n s
l i k e t e l e c o m c o m p a n i e s ,
b u i l d i n g a n d c o n s t r u c t i o n
c o m p a n i e s / a g e n c i e s e t c .
S p o n s o r i n g s t u d e n t s
d i r e c t l y m e a n s h e l p i n g t h e
g o v e r n m e n t t o i n c r e a s e
n u m b e r o f t e c h n i c a l
e x p e r t s a n d s u p p o r t i n g
t h e i r i n s t i t u t i o n s m e a n s
i m p r o v i n g t h e t h e i r c a p a c i t y
o f p r o v i d i n g t h e q u a l i t y o f
s e r v i c e s w h i l e p r e p a r i n g t h e
f u t u r e o f T a n z a n i a i n t h e
o t h e r 5 0 y e a r s t o c o m e !
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H o w 5 0 y e a r s o f i n d e p e n d e n c e s h a p e d t e c h n i c a l e d u c a t i o n
A
s o u r n a t i o n c e l e -
b r a t e s 5 0 y e a r s o f
i n d e p e n d e n c e , t h e r e i s a
l o t t h a t h a s b e e n a c h i e v e d
s o c i a l l y , e c o n o m i c a l l y ,
p o l i t i c a l l y a n d c u l t u r a l l y .
A r u s h a T e c h n i c a l C o l l e g e
( A T C ) i s p r o u d t o b e
a m o n g o f t h e b e n e c i a r i e s
o f i n d e p e n d e n c e .
O n e c o u l d q u e s t i o n
t h e v a l i d i t y o f s u c h a
c e l e b r a t i o n , t a k i n g i n t o
a c c o u n t t h a t T a n z a n i a
i s a m o n g t h e p o o r e s t
c o u n t r i e s , w h o s e e c o n o m y
h a s n o t b e e n s t a b l e . I f t h e
s a m e p e r s o n w h o a s k s s u c h
a q u e s t i o n c o u l d t a k e s o m e
t i m e t o r e v i e w t h e h i s t o r y r e l a t e d t o w h e r e t h e n a t i o n
c a m e f r o m , w h e r e i t i s , a n d w h e r e i t i s g o i n g , h e / s h e
w o u l d j o i n i n t h i s j u b i l a t i o n .
I n 1 9 9 9 , I k a w e b a B u n t i n g , t h e c u r r e n t O x f a m s
C o m m u n i c a t i o n s O f c e r f o r E a s t A f r i c a b a s e d i n N a i r o b i
m a d e a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h t h e f o u n d e r o f o u r n a t i o n ,
M w a l i m u J u l i u s N y e r e r e m a i n l y f o c u s i n g o n T a n z a n i a s
d e v e l o p m e n t s i n c e i n d e p e n d e n c e , A r u s h a d e c l a r a t i o n ,
a n d t h e a d o p t i o n o f s o c i a l i s m a n d s e l f r e l i a n c e p o l i c y .
M w a l i m u p i c t u r e d w h e n T a n z a n i a b e c a m e i n d e p e n - d e n t
a n d s a i d W e t o o k o v e r a c o u n t r y w i t h 8 5 p e r c e n t o f i t s
a d u l t p o p u l a t i o n i l l i t e r a t e .
T h e B r i t i s h r u l e d u s f o r 4 3
y e a r s . W h e n t h e y l e f t , t h e r e
w e r e 2 t r a i n e d e n g i n e e r s
a n d 1 2 d o c t o r s . T h i s i s t h e
c o u n t r y w e i n h e r i t e d .
R e v i s i n g w h a t h e r e s p o n d e d
i n t h e W o r l d B a n k m e e t i n g
i n 1 9 9 8 , M w a l i m u w e n t o n
d e s c r i b i n g t h a t W h e n I
s t e p p e d d o w n i n 1 9 8 5 t h e r e
w a s 9 1 - p e r - c e n t l i t e r a c y
a n d n e a r l y e v e r y c h i l d
w a s i n s c h o o l . W e t r a i n e d
t h o u s a n d s o f e n g i n e e r s a n d
d o c t o r s a n d t e a c h e r s .
I n 1 9 8 8 T a n z a n i a s p e r -
c a p i t a i n c o m e w a s $ 2 8 0 .
N o w , i n 1 9 9 8 , i t i s $ 1 4 0 ,
A c c o r d i n g t o t h e r e c e n t
d a t a f r o m t h e M i n i s t r y
o f I n f r a s t r u c t u r e , 3 , 8 6 4
p r o f e s s i o n a l e n g i n e e r s
h a v e b e e n l i c e n s e d s o
f a r . L i c e n s e d T a n z a n i a n
e n g i n e e r s a r e 3 , 2 2 6 a r e
T a n z a n i a n s , w h i l e a r e 6 6 2
f o r e i g n e r s . A v a i l a b l e d a t a
i n d i c a t e s t h a t t h e r e a r e 3 1 7
r e g i s t e r e d c o n s u l t a n t s , 2 4 7
o f w h o m a r e l o c a l s a n d 7 0
f o r e i g n e r s .
A T C a p p r e c i a t e s e f f o r t s
t a k e n b y t h e g o v e r n m e n t t o
m a k e s u r e t h a t t h e s e c t o r
b e c o m e s m o r e a n d m o r e
i n d e p e n d e n t i n t e r m s o f i m p r o v i n g q u a n t i t y a n d q u a l i t y
o f t e c h n i c a l e x p e r t s .
L o o k i n g a t w h a t M w a l i m u s a i d o n t h e c o u n t r y h a v i n g
o n l y 2 e n g i n e e r s b y t h e t i m e t h e c o u n t r y a t t a i n e d i t s
i n d e p e n d e n c e a n d n o w i n 2 0 1 1 w h e n t h e c o u n t r y
h a s 1 0 , 2 8 1 r e g i s t e r e d e n g i n e e r s , t h e r e i s a r e a s o n f o r
c e l e b r a t i o n .
T a n z a n i a s i n d e p e n d e n c e a n d t h e s c a r c i t y o f t e c h n i c a l
e x p e r t s w a s t h e e s s e n c e o f e s t a b l i s h i n g t h e t h e n T e c h n i c a l
C o l l e g e o f A r u s h a ( T C A ) i n 1 9 7 8 w h i c h l a t e r , i n 2 0 0 7 ,
c h a n g e d i t s s t a t u s a n d
g i v e n a u t o n o m o u s w i t h
a c c r e d i t a t i o n b y N a t i o n a l
C o u n c i l f o r T e c h n i c a l
E d u c a t i o n ( N A C T E ) t o g e t
i t s c u r r e n t s t a t u s .
A p a r t f r o m s t r i v i n g t o
m i n i m i z e t h e s c a r c i t y o f
t e c h n i c a l e x p e r t s i n t h e
c o u n t r y , t h e i n s t i t u t i o n
i s a l s o s u p p o r t i n g t h e
g o v e r n m e n t s m i s s i o n
o f b r i n g i n g r e v o l u t i o n i n
a g r i c u l t u r a l s e c t o r t h r o u g h
h e r c u r r e n t s l o g a n : K i l i m o
K w a n z a ( A g r i c u l t u r e F i r s t ) .
T h i s i s v i v i d l y s e e n i n i t s n e w
B y S t a f f R e p o r t e r