Twaweza launched a report last week on learning outcomes across East Africa - the latest data and findings from the Uwezo initiative, based on data collected in 2013.
The report prompted much media coverage across the region. Links are provided where the articles / broadcasts are available online.
East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)
The EALA released a press statement on May 25, 2015, expressing alarm at Uwezo findings and calling for standards of education across the region to be raised:
Hon Judith Pareno regretted that poverty was a major factor to poor education. “…rather than bridging the gaps, Uwezo results show that through our education, the poorer we are, the poorer we become. What then, if not education, will the poor hold onto? Does it mean that all the poor must move into the cities for their children to learn?” She noted that the debate needs to be sustained.
Hon. Abubakar Zein said the region needed to rid itself of discrimination in education especially when it comes to women and children from poor family. Hon. Hafsa Mossi talked about the importance of education and worried over the inability of graduates to express themselves. She noted that the number of girls dropping off from school because of pregnancy and marriage was a big problem in the region.
The region was challenged to improve the quality of education. “Why are the education standards in Europe and other western countries better than ours? is it that Africans do not have good teachers and good schools or what we are lacking?” pondered Hon Leonce Ndarubagiye. He remarked that bad performance in many schools in the continent was also as a result of corruption, poverty and lack of motivation in the education sector.
- Daily Nation: Report shows gap in East Africa education standards
- Business Daily: Study shows most pupils lack Standard Two skills
- KTN: Uwezo report shows 44% of children perform poor in literacy and numeracy tests
- The People newspaper: Uwezo survey exposes East Africa learners’ illiteracy
- Daily Nation: Schools far from cities record lowest pass rate – study
- Kenya Moja: Education Crisis
- Kenya Moja: Illiterate Learners: Report Says 70% Of Children In Public Schools Not 'Learning'
- The People Newspaper: Literacy disparities between the rich and needy widens
In Uganda, much of the media coverage linked to the demand for a payrise and threat of a strike by the teachers' union, UNATU. The Ministry of Education issued a statement on the teachers’ strike (shared online by New Vision), which made reference to Uwezo findings.
- NTV: Ugandan children trailing in literacy and numeracy in East Africa
- Uganda Radio Network: Twaweza East Africa Report: No Improvement In Literacy And Numeracy Skills
- Daily Monitor: Uganda trails EA in literacy skills
- The Observer: Gov’t to striking teachers: give public value for money
- Chimp Reports: Government Asks Teachers to Return to Work
- Habari Leo: Wanafunzi bado kigugumizi kusoma hesabu
- The Citizen: Mbeya urban top EA literacy survey
- Uhuru: Wilaya ya Mbeya yaibuka kidedea
- Raia Tanzania: Mbeya Mjini Kinara wa ufaulu Afriaka Mashariki
- The Guardian: Mbeya Urban sparkles in EA on learning outcomes
- Nipashe: Mbeya yaongoza kwa uelewa wa wanafunzi EA
- RFA: Viwango vya masomo katika kanda ya Afrika mashariki bado chini
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