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Uwezo Kenya Annual Leaning Assessment 2012 | In the News

Uwezo Kenya recently released a report titled titled, Are Our Children Learning?: Annual Learning Assessment Report Kenya 2012. The report showing dismal results not very different from those found in a similar survey conducted in 2011 and attracted a lot of media attention.

Print media such as the Standard, the East African, the People and Daily Nation reported on the dire situation quoting statistics directly from the report. Among the shocking figures cited the most were that 70% of Standard 3 students could not read a Standard 2 level story, that 11% of Standard 8 students could not solve a Standard 2 mathematics problem, and that 20% of students enrolled in Standards 6 to 8 could not tell the meaning of the colors of the national flag.

The report was also discussed on various TV channels such as NTV, KBC, K24, Citizen TV and KTN which focused on the effects of teacher absenteeism on the education system. The report was heavily featured on radio as well with coverage from channels such as KBC Radio Taifa, Kameme FM, Easy FM, Milele FM, BBC radio and Radio Maisha among many others.

A lot of the media focus was on the disparity in education between counties that was revealed in the report. Learning levels in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nyeri were higher than the national average but still significantly lower compared to 2010 and 2011. This disparity has been one of the focus areas of Uwezo as the East African highlights - “The equity gap is one of the things we’ve persistently been highlighting,” says Dr Sara Ruto, regional manager of Uwezo East Africa. “We believe that with devolution there will be even greater inequality, as counterintuitive as that might sound.” 

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