UWEZO Concludes 7th Learning Assessment


In short
Findings from previous surveys concluded that children are not learning and that they are not acquiring the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy consistent with the official curricular requirements in the country.

UWEZO has concluded its Seventh study assessing literacy and literacy levels among primary pupils in selected districts in the country. 

Uwezo, meaning "capability" in Kiswahili has in the past carried out similar assessments aimed at improving competencies in literacy and numeracy among children aged 6-16 years in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Ismail Sentamu, Twaweza East Africa's  Assistant Programs officer in Charge of UWEZO told Uganda Radio Network that village-based volunteer visited selected households to administer a simple Primary Two test in Literacy  
and Numeracy.
The sampling of the districts according to Sentamu was done by Uganda Bureau of Statistics UBOS). UBOS also sampled the villages or enumeration areas throughout the 32 districts where the assessment was conducted. 

Findings from previous surveys have concluded  are that children are not learning and are not acquiring the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy consistent with the official curricular requirements in the country.

The reports have concluded that the low learning levels suggest a continued crisis in the education sector that demands attention.

Findings from the past six assessments have discovered that our children are not learning despite being in School. Sentamu says he does not expect drastic changes in the just concluded survey.

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The Schools in Eastern Uganda have had the worst performance according to the survey to Sentamu.
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Retired Lieutenant, Fredrick Ndololire is one of the frustrated parents from Bundibugyo.

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He says he had been forced to transfer his children from UPE schools to private ones but only to discover that they were equally not learning at private schools too.  
Ndololire studied up Senior two in late Seventies but hi is quite fluent in English, he can read the bible in his mother tongue. He attributes that to the type of education then.
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The Uwezo assessment complement existing educational assessments and to engender social change by generating new information on children's literacy and numeracy across East Africa, in a manner that better informs the public, stimulates countrywide debate, and creates demand for policy change from the bottom-up. The findings have of recent been endorsed by the Ministry of Education.