EAST AFRICA: SHOCK OF STANDARD 3 PUPILS WHO CANNOT COUNT

August 14, 2012
NTV Kenya

Are our children learning? That is the million-dollar question. According to a report launched by Uwezo, the levels of literacy among class 2 children is worrying. This, in spite of the high levels of enrollment after the introduction of Free Primary Education.

Once again the education sector is under the spotlight. A report launched today indicates that literacy levels at primary school level are wanting with only 15 % of standard three pupils passing tests carried out to gauge literacy and numeracy. And as Joyce Mkawasi reports the rural areas are still disadvantaged. Click here to watch the NTV Kenya news report on youtube

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UGANDA: BUS DRIVERS, CONDUCTORS, PASSENGERS TIPPED ON CHILD’S EDUCATION

23 June 2012
New Vision

Bus drivers, their conductors and passengers boarding buses in Kampala have been sensitised to take active role in ensuring that their children are learning at schools. “Don’t just pay school fees and think that your role stops there but you have to check your child’s exercise book and approach the teachers to find out whether your child is learning,” Richard Ssewakiryanga the national chairman of NGO forum said. Ssewakiryanga pointed out that parents have left their children to hands of teachers to handle everything and yet they can also play a key role in the child’s education. He said the recent survey conducted by Uwezo Uganda at house hold level in 40 districts showed that 72% of P6 pupils can’t solve mathematical problems of P2. Click here to read more…

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UGANDA: UWEZO TO PLAY EDUCATIONAL FILMS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUSES

21 June 2012
UGPulse.com

In a bid to engage parents in efforts of ensuring quality education for children, the civil society has taken educational films to bus passengers on long routes. UWEZO Uganda Chapter, a civil society Initiative has launched a film entitled Kyosiga to be screened for bus passengers to watch during their journeys to understand their roles in children’s education. The Country Coordinator UWEZO Uganda, Richard Ssewakiryanga says that the film depicts how the parents’ role determines the learning process of their children. The film was launched at Qualicell Bus terminal in Kampala and will be distributed to all bus companies which are willing to partner in this noble program. Click here to read more…

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TANZANIA: WHAT KILLS IN BUKOBA

15 May 2012
The Citizen Daily

Truancy, dilapidated school facilities and shortage of teachers are among major bottlenecks that contribute to the deteriorating standards of education in Bukoba Rural District. Education stakeholders also mention low teacher-to-pupil ratio as a factor that contributes to pupils’ poor performance in primary schools in the district.

A study by Uwezo Tanzania, ranked Bukoba Rural at 50th position in terms of poor academic performance in primary schools among 132 surveyed districts. In a bid to rescue the situation, Kasharu Ward residents have put up short and long-term strategies to arrest the deteriorating standards of primary education reported for the three consecutive years. A stakeholders’ forum, which was held recently to chart out the way forward, reflected almost similar concerns contained in the Uwezo Tanzania report 2011. Click here to read more…

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