Open Schooling Section


The Open Schooling Section among three Section of the Mass Education and Open Schooling Department of the Institute of Adult Education (IAE). It has the function of promoting lifelong learning through designing, standardizing and coordinating innovative non-formal secondary education in Tanzania given mandate stipulating in Act No.12 of 1975 [Cap. 139].


Having in place an effective and competitive open and distance learning programmes which enable out of school children, youth, adults and other vulnerable groups in rural and urban to access quality education.


To identify and map out the target groups in rural and urban areas as well as designing integrated ODL curriculum-based on the needs of the target groups from the formal school curriculum so as to enable them become effective change agents in their respective communities or work places. Also to strengthen collaboration and linkages with other institutions and stakeholders which domestically and internationally offer education through open and distance learning system.

Background Information

The Institute of Adult Education was given mandate to provide secondary education through non-formal education system since 1970’s through the National Correspondence Institute (NCI) which has currently changed to Mass Education and Open Schooling Department. The aim was to expand access to education for out-of school youth and adults. It is a sole institution in Tanzania that has the mandate to register non-formal secondary education open schools.

The Goal of Secondary Education through ODL

To have a well-established educations delivery through ODL system. A system which provides quality education to out of schoolchildren, youths, adults and other disadvantagedgroups such as nomads, girls and the disabled who cannot access education services through the formal education system.

Objectives of Secondary Education through ODL

To provide equivalent education to children, youth and adults who could not get the opportunity in the formal education system.

To complement government efforts of achieving education for All (EFA) objectives;

To cater for youth and adults who dropped out of school due to various reasons; and

Target Group

Primaryschool learners who are not absorbed informal secondary education system in both public and private schools;

Primary education drop-outs;

Secondary education drop-outs;

Government and private sector employees who have no secondary education;

Adult learners aspiring to acquire professional skills or stage V of functional literacy;

COBET leavers;

Secondary education school learners wishing to re-sit form four national examination and professional skill; and

Disadvantaged/ marginalized groups.


1.Non-formal Secondary Education (Ordinary and Advanced level).

This programme is delivery through ODL mode by using condensed curriculum which suits non-formal education system. The curriculum used is the same as that of formal schooling as learners are examined by the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA). There are three stages. Stage one is equivalent to forms I and II whereas stage two is equivalent to forms III and IV. The duration of study is 2 -5 years depending on one space, ability and other factors. Stage III is equivalent to forms V and VI for Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education. The duration of study is 1 – 3 years.

2.Integrated Post- Primary Education (IPPE).

Curriculum used in this programme has three components namely; Generic, Pre-vocational and Academic. Curriculum used in the academic component is the same as that of formal schooling as learners are examined by the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA).


Currently, the Open Schooling Section implements Secondary Education for Out of School Adolescent Girls (SEOSAG) project in collaboration with BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania. Currently, this project is implemented in Tanga Municipality and Korogwe District, Tanga region. Curriculum used in this project is the same as that of formal schooling as learners are examined by the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA).

The general aim of the project is to equip out of school adolescent girls with relevant competencies so that they can manage to employ themselves, acquire employment opportunities and advance themselves in higher levels of education thus, improve their life standards.


These programmes and projects are coordinated and managed by IAE Regional Resident Tutors in respective regions of Tanzania mainland.

Mass Education and Open Schooling Department

P.O. Box 20697, Dar es Salaam

Tel: +255 22 2150838

Fax: + 255 22 2150838,