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Uwezo report stirs discussion in East Africa

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:

Most children in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya fail literacy and numeracy testsThe Guardian, UK

UPE children not learning, says UWEZO report, The Independent

Quality of learning in schools wanting-report, Saturday Nation

Ugandan pupils 'slowest' in the region- reportSaturday Monitor

Survey: Kenyan Schools churning out ‘illiterates’, Standard Digital

Uwezo's 2012 numeracy and literacy testVijanaFM

Study shows few pupils have literacy and maths skillsThe Star

Watch a video of the launch from KTN Kenya here and another video from NTV Kenya with comments from Uwezo Regional Manager Dr. Sara Ruto here

Read more: Annual Learning Assessment Report basic education East Africa Cash on Delivery Uwezo

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