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Coordinates: 6°48′46″S 39°16′41″E -6.812831, 39.278103


Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School, Dar es Salaam

  • Address: Plot No. 955 Fire Station Road, West Upanga, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Phone: +255 22 215 1253, 215 1269
    • +255 22 215 0701 (fax)
  • Website: [1]
  • Overview

Established in 1967, as a co-educational institution, the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School is one of Tanzania's leading non-government schools. The Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School motto is "Better Always Better". [1]

The School is part of the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES). AKES has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the earliest of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadur in Pakistan and Mundra in India. Since the creation of Aga Khan Education Service companies in the 1970s, the schools have been centrally administered and managed. [1]

AKES currently operates more than 300 schools and advanced educational programmes that provide quality pre-school, primary, secondary and higher secondary education services to more than 54,000 students in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Uganda, Tanzania and Tajikistan. Schools are also envisaged, or under development, in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Syria. [1]

In the last 36 years, the School has undergone three major changes. The first came in 1980, when Mzizima introduced a six-week orientation course for Form I students. This initiative assisted students who could not cope with the change from the Swahili primary level instruction to English-based instruction in secondary school. [1]

Students were taught sufficient language skills to help them better grasp English-medium classes during the orientation course. Other subjects were also taught in English at a level accessible to students. [1]

After 1980, Mzizima introduced student-centred education (then a novel idea in Tanzania). Before this change, teaching at the School was passive, with the teacher lecturing the class and providing notes. In today’s curriculum, class discussions and projects are of equal importance to tests and exams. [1]

As a result of these changes and a rise in academic rigour, the School began to receive more prospective students than it could accommodate. In 1990, a merit-based entry system was introduced. Prospective Form I students were admitted based on their performance at an entrance test. [1]

Over time, the School’s existing A-level streams - PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) and PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) no longer fully catered to the academic interests and needs of all students. This prompted the School to introduce the ECA (Economics, Commerce and Accountancy) stream in 1995. Today, the School offers the PCM, PCB and ECA combinations at Advanced Level. In line with the commitment to provide educational leadership in Tanzania , in 2005, the centenary of Aga Khan schooling worldwide, parents were offered an alternative to the national curriculum for their children. This new program has introduced the British-based IGCSE and an application to the International Baccalaureate Organization for accreditation to the Diploma Program to allow students to graduate with an internationally recognized qualification. The culmination of this initiative will be the opening of a purpose built facility near the University of Dar es Salaam. The foundation stone for this state-of-the-art school was laid by His Excellency the President of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. [1]

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