The press in East Africa is abuzz about the findings of the recently released Uwezo East Africa report, which revealed that two out of three pupils in Standard 3 across East Africa are not able to pass basic tests in English, Kiswahili or numeracy at the Standard 2 level.
The Observer says that ‘Despite poor literacy rates, there’s hope for Uganda’s schools.’ Ugandan educational experts believe that the system could be turned around and better performance seen within three years.
The East African talks of an innovative ‘cash on delivery’ model for schools: ‘Peg schools’ funding to literacy, educationists.’ Rather than fund inputs, schools should be funded based on how many students pass literacy and numeracy assessment tests, Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani told the newspaper. ‘The last thing we should do is more of the same, expecting different results,’ he said.
Read the reaction from other East African and international media outlets on the 2012 Uwezo report:
UPE children not learning, says UWEZO report, The Independent
Quality of learning in schools wanting-report, Saturday Nation
Ugandan pupils 'slowest' in the region- report, Saturday Monitor
Survey: Kenyan Schools churning out ‘illiterates’, Standard Digital
Uwezo's 2012 numeracy and literacy test, VijanaFM
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