Achievement in mathematics: Comparative analysis from East Africa

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Book Chapter


Institute for Educational Development, East Africa


This chapter examines the available data on achievement across the region, including two datasets based on surveys in the primary sector-Uwezo and SACMEQ-and O levels and equivalent. Common themes which emerged were wide variations across countries and within countries, with youngsters from urban areas performing more highly than rural. Where examiners’ reports were available, common issues which arose were lack of use of the methods required and engaging with multi-step problems expressed in words, consistent with problems in using English as a medium.


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