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'Lost generation in science education'

'Education experts fear an entire generation of students, passing through ward secondary schools, will miss opportunities to enter science-related fields in future. The biggest threats facing these schools- whose learners are mostly from poor families- include a severe shortage of teachers, laboratories and books,' Erick Kabendera's article, 'Ward secondary schools: a lost generation in science education' begins.

Dar parents know little about their children's education

A survey conducted in 2010 by Uwazi at Twaweza and Datavision, with 429 randomly selected households in Dar es Salaam, revealed that parents know little about education policies and practice.

No prescription? No problem

Feeling sick and have no time to go to a doctor? Just pop by your neighbourhood pharmacy and nine times out of 10 you'll be sold the medicine for what may (or may not) ail you. Youth Initiatives Tanzania (YITA), in association with Twaweza, investigated whether pharmacies in Dar es Salaam observe regulations regarding sales to consumers.

Uwezo report stirs discussion in East Africa

Discussion continues around the findings of the 2011 Uwezo Learning Assessment, 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.

Does the new pensions law help workers?

The commentary, 'Did SSRA Act in workers' best interest?' published in The Citizen on 5 August 2012 was written by Uwazi Senior Analyst Rose Aiko and the Centre for Economic Prosperity's Executive Director Thomas Maqway. This article represents their personal views.

Two out of three children in East Africa lack basic literacy

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. This is the headline finding of a new report by Uwezo at Twaweza. By the time they reach Standard 7, two in 10 pupils still do not have Standard 2 level competencies. Results from the 2011 national assessments done in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda show that little has changed from previous assessments.

Dissatisfaction grows over access to water in Dar

There has been little change in the past six months when it comes to Dar es Salaam citizens' access to clean and affordable water. The Listening to Dar Survey interviewed 324 respondents and found that only one in four households have access to the mains.
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