Few weeks later the conservative government was overthrown in a bloody revolution. Immediately after the revolution Zanzibar united with Tanganyika to form United Republic of Tanzania. Education did not become a union matter and has been free and compulsory to a secondary level. However, since then, many educational policy decisions have been taken in a trial-and-error approach that has, occasionally, lead to catastrophic consequences.
(SACMEQ Policy Research No.4: Zanzibar. Paris: IIEP., p3)