Prof. Sotco Claudius Komba

Sotco Claudius Komba is an Associate Professor of Education. He is based in the Department of Language Studies (DLS), one of the Departments of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Education degree, Master of Arts in Education degree, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education degree, all from the University of Dar es Salaam.

In addition to teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students, conducting research and offering consultancy services in the areas of educational research, curriculum development and evaluation and language and education, Professor Sotco Claudius Komba has published more than 22 articles in refereed journals, authored 2 books and 3 book chapters, and a good number of official reports and teaching compendia (visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dr_Sotco_Claudius_Komba). He has also reviewed several journal articles for academic staff from different universities seeking for promotion to the rank of senior lecturer.

Areas of expertise and Research interests

  • Education research
  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Language teaching
  • Education

POSITIONS/HONOURS/OTHER

  • Head of Department of Language Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities,Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (July 2017 to date).
  • Acting Head of Department of Language Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (March 2016 to June 2017).
  • Head of Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (July 2014 to March 2016).
  • Overall In-charge of Special Projects Coordination Team, Faculty of Science, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (July 2013 to June 2014).
  • Academic Committee Member, Marian University College (A Constituent College of Saint Augustine University of Tanzania – SAUT), Tanzania (March 2016 to date).
  • Academic Committee Member, Campus College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (March 2016 to date).
  • Awardee, DeutscherAkademischerAustauschDienst (DAAD) In-country Scholarship for enabling the pursuance of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education degree programme, in 2009.
  • Awardee, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Scholarship for Tutorial Assistants in Tanzanian Public Universities for enabling the pursuance of a Master of Arts in Education degree programme, in 2006.

1. PhD in Education (2012), University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2. M.A in Education (2008), University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

3. B.A with Education (2002), University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

4. Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (1996), Mzumbe Secondary School, Tanzania

5. Certificate of Secondary Education (1993), Kigonsera Secondary School, Tanzania

6. Primary School Leaving Examination Certificate (1989), Kibanga Primary School, Tanzania
CONSULTANCIES
  1. Team Leader - A consultancy activity to develop a position paper titled improving school quality assurance system in Tanzania, commissioned by the Equal Rights to Quality Education Partners, from October 2017 to December 2017.
  1. Co -Team Leader – A consultancy activity to develop a five-year Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP) for TeofiloKisanji University, commissioned by the Vice Chancellor, TeofiloKisanjiUnivesity, from April 2017 to June 2017.
  1. Team Member - A consultancy activity to develop a National School Quality Assurance Framework, commissioned by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, from April 2017 to May 2017.
  1. Team Member – A consultancy activity to develop a Result-Based Plan for Effective Ways of Mobilizing and Deploying Resources for Education Transformation in Tanzania, commissioned by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in April 2017.
  1. Team Leader – A consultancy activity to undertake an Endline KAP survey on violence against children in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, commissioned by Save the Children, from May, 2016 to November, 2016.
  1. Team Member - A consultancy activity to analyze trends of financing basic education sector in Tanzania for the past ten years (2005/2006 - 2015/2016), commissioned by Tanzania Education Network/MtandaowaElimu Tanzania (TEN/MET), from April 2016 to September, 2016.
  2. Team Member - A consultancy activity to conduct a study on sexual harassment at SUA with a view of generating information to enable SUA Gender Implementation Committee and the Innovative Agricultural Research program (gender component) to develop an evidence-based approach toward the formulation of a comprehensive institutional anti-sexual harassment policy at SUA, commissioned by the SUA Gender Implementation Committee and the Innovative Agricultural Research (iAGRI) programme, from January 2015 to March 2015.
  1. Team Leader - A consultancy activity to review proposals for conducting PhD studies, submitted by academic staff to the Office of the Deputy Principal (Academic), Mkwawa University College of Education, to be considered for funding, commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Principal (Academic), MUCE, in January 2015.
  1. Team Member - A consultancy activity to review a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum, with a view to improve programme contents, teaching approaches, and assessment procedures, at TeofiloKisanji University, Mbeya, Tanzania, commissioned by the office of the Director of Research, Publications, and Postgraduate Studies, TeofiloKisanji University, Mbeya, Tanzania, from January to June, 2014.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Principal Investigator, Aligning Higher learning institutions curricula with labor market demands in Tanzania
  • Team Member, Development and implementation of national school quality assurance framework in Tanzania
  • Supervisor, students' research works from bachelor’s, master’s to doctoral degree levels

BOOKS

  1. Komba, S.C. (2012). Introduction to special education. London: LAP LAMBERT Academic PublishingGmbH & Co. KG
  2. Ishemo, R., Kira, E. & Komba, S.C. (2012).Curriculum development and evaluation. London: LAP LAMBERT Academic PublishingGmbH & Co. KG.


BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Sanga, C., Ndyetabula, D. W., Komba, S.C., &Mafu, S. (2017). Informatics Education Enhanced by Problem-Based Learning Model via E-Learning: Experience from BSU Project at SUA. In C.X. Wang, Handbook of Research on Program Development and Assessment Methodologies in K-20 Education (pp. 393-417). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-3132-6.
  2. Komba, S. C. (2017). Issues on Financing Higher Education in Tanzania. In H. Alphin Jr., R. Chan, & J. Lavine (Eds.), The Future of Accessibility in International Higher Education (pp. 125-138). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2560-8.ch008.
  3. Mkonongwa, L. M., &Komba, S. C. (2017). Reflections on distance higher education in Africa: Challenges and opportunities. In K. Buyuk, S. Kocdar, & A. Bozkurt (Eds.), Administrative Leadership in Open and Distance Learning Programs(pp. 236-262). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2645-2.ch010.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1. Mkonongwa, L.M. &Komba, S.C. (2017). Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in Tanzania through improved English language teaching and educational management skills. International Journal of Research Studies in Language Learning, 7(2), 1-14.
  2. Komba, S.C.&Chiwamba, S.V. (2016). Towards improving the supervision of postgraduate students in Tanzanian higher learning institutions. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 6 (2), 29-40.
  3. Komba, S.C. & Mohamed, H.I. (2016).Towards re-defining communication skills courses at Sokoine University of Agriculture: Lessons from selected African universities.International Journal of Research Studies in Language Learning, 6 (2), 55-67.
  4. Komba, S.C.&Chiwamba, S.V. (2016). An examination of the congruency between the university teacher training contents and secondary school contents in Tanzania: The case of Sokoine University of Agriculture. Journal of Education and Learning, 5(2), 100-108.
  5. Komba, S.C. &Ndinagwe, D. (2016). The use of computers by primary school pupils in Morogoro, Tanzania. International Journal of Research Studies in Educational Technology, 5(1), 63-75.
  6. Komba, S. C. (2015).Challenges of writing theses and dissertations among postgraduate students in Tanzanian higher learning. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 5 (3), 71-80.
  7. Komba, S. C. & Stephen, B. (2015). Do students’ backgrounds in the language of instructioninfluence secondary school academic performance?Journal of Education and Practice, 6(30), 148-156.
  8. Kira, E.S. &Komba, S.C. (2015). Integrating moral and ethical values in the general studies syllabus at advanced level secondary school in Tanzania: Challenges and opportunities. Research Journal of Education, 1(3), 21-26.
  9. Kira, E.S. &Komba, S.C. (2015). Relationship between school enrollment patterns and academic achievement in Tanzania. Researchijournali’s Journal of Education, 3(7), 1-14.
  10. Kira, E.S. &Komba, S.C. (2015). Comparison between the understanding levels of boys andgirls on the concepts of environmental degradation,meteorology and climate change in Tanzanian secondary schools. Journal of Educationand e-Learning Research, 2(4), 79-86.
  11. Komba, S.C.&Mwandanji, M. (2015). Reflections on the implementation of competence based curriculum in Tanzanian secondary schools. Journal of Education and Learning, 4(2), 73-80.
  12. Komba, S.C.&Sigala, J.M. (2015). An investigation of teachers’ perceptions of the implementation of the Big Results Now initiative in Tanzanian education sector. International Journal of Education, 7(2), 119-135.
  13. Komba, S.C.& John, D. (2015). Investigation of pupils’ English language abilities in Tanzania: The case of English medium primary schools. World Journal of English Language,5(1), 56-64.
  14. Komba, S.C. (2015). The perceived importance of communication skills courses among university students: The case of two universities in Tanzania. International Journal of Education and Research, 3(2), 497-508.
  15. Makwinya,N.M. &Komba, S.C. (2014). Community-school partnerships in Tanzania: The role of parents’ perceptions regarding communication and democracy in the partnership. Researchjournali’s Journal of Education, 2(12), 1-15.
  16. Kira, E., Komba, S., Kafanabo, E., &Tilya, F. (2013). Teachers’ questioning techniques in advanced chemistry lessons: A Tanzanian perspective. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (12), 66-79.
  17. Komba, S.C., Kafanabo, E.J., Tryphone, D. & Kira, E.S. (2013). The predictive validity of Form Two Secondary Education Examination (FTSEE) on students’ performance in the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) in biology subject: A Tanzanian perspective. Journal of Education and Practice, 4(4), 236-246.
  18. Komba, S.C.&Kira, E.S. (2013). The effectiveness of teaching practice in improving student teachers’ teaching skills in Tanzania. Journal of Education and Practice, 4(1), 157-163.
  19. Komba, S.C.&Kafanabo, E.J. (2012). Investigation of the predictive validity of communication skills examination on university students’ overall academic performance in Tanzania. International Journal of Education, 4(4), 248-266.
  20. Wilson, J.&Komba, S.C. (2012). The link between English language proficiency and academic performance: A pedagogical perspective in Tanzanian secondary schools. World Journal of English Language,2 (4), 1-10.
  21. Komba, S.C., Kafanabo, E.J., Njabili, A.F., &Kira, E.S. (2012). Comparison between students’ academic performance and their abilities in written English language skills: A Tanzanian perspective. International Journal of Development and Sustainability,1(2), 305-325.
  22. Kira, E. &Komba, S. C. (2012).Perspectives on the status of traditional medicine in Tanzania. Eurasian Journal of Anthropology, 3(1), 21-31.

TRAINING WORKSHOP

Participant, training workshop on curriculum development and materials design for the teaching of communication skills courses offered at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), organised by iAGRI and DLS in January 2015, Morogoro -Tanzania.

Participant, training workshop on the implementation of the Revised Curricula for the teaching of communication skills courses offered at SUA, organised by iAGRI and DLS in March 2015 at iAGRI Centre, SUA, Morogoro-Tanzania.

Department of Language Studies,

College of Social Science and Humanities,

P.O. Box 3035 Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania

Tel: +255 023-264360 (Office)

Fax: +255 023 2604279

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Email: sotratz@yahoo.com / sotratz@suanet.ac.tz