Mathematics teacher training in East Africa

Document Type

Book Chapter


Institute for Educational Development, East Africa


This chapter firstly briefly considers the history of teacher training worldwide. It then goes on to specifically look into the status of mathematics teacher training in East Africa by reviewing the pathways to becoming a mathematics teacher; the entry criteria and guidelines; the structure and curriculum in mathematics teacher preparation; the profile of tutors who prepare the mathematics teachers; and finally, the professional development programmes for both mathematics teachers and tutors. The chapter concludes by highlighting some differences in a number of aspects regarding the mathematics teacher training and urges educational stakeholders to speedily embark on harmonizing examination grading systems and the structure and curriculum of mathematics teacher education.


Mathematics education in East Africa: Towards harmonization and enhancement of education quality