Where are our children learning?

Under what conditions do children learn? Since 2009, Uwezo at Twaweza has undertaken a large scale survey of children and schools throughout Kenya, Uganda and mainland Tanzania. The objective of these surveys is to provide an independent assessment of the extent to which children aged 6 to 16 years are actually learning, as well as to collect data about the characteristics of government primary schools across the country. Both country-specific and regional reports of these learning outcomes are now available; however, there has been only limited analysis of the conditions in which children are learning. This policy brief, Where are our children learning? School quality and learning in Kenya, aims to bridge that gap and focuses on the characteristics of government primary schools across Kenya.

This report is based on data gathered during visits by survey teams to nearly 3,500 individual government primary schools.

A main finding of the Uwezo surveys is the chronic deficiecy in learning outcomes across the country. Many factors explain differences in learning outcomes, and school inputs are just one of them. Even so, understanding how school inputs vary across the country is important, not least from the perspective of verifying how tax-payers resources are being allocated and spent.

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