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Uwezo worried by alarming levels of illiteracy

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By PATIENCE AHIMBISIBWE

Posted  Thursday, December 12  2013 at  12:52

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Findings from government’s National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE 2012) report also showed that Primary Six pupils from 68 per cent of the districts surveyed did not reach the proficiency in numeracy.

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KAMPALA- Education activists have warned that the Vision 2040 may not be achieved unless children in schools acquire literacy and numeracy competency.

The remarks come ahead of Uwezo’s launch of the 2012 Assessment Report Thursday. According to Uwezo’s country director Ms Mary Goretti Nakabugo, results from their past primary assessments have not changed, something she said should worry the public “because there is no value for the investment already injected since the introduction of universal education in 1997”.

Ms Nakabugo added that the report has no better results from the previous ones saying the majority of pupils still lack basic skills in education.

“Quite a number of children are still dropping out of school without acquiring the basic skills of reading and writing. There are various regional variations,” Ms Nakabugo said yesterday.

The Uwezo Annual Learning Assessment Report 2010 showed that 98 per cent of P3 pupils sampled could not read a Primary two text.

Uwezo, a swahili word meaning capability, is an East African initiative seeking to fill the gap in educational assessment and social change by generating information on children’s literacy and numeracy skills aimed at stimulating debate that will encourage learning in schools.

Findings from government’s National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE 2012) report also showed that Primary Six pupils from 68 per cent of the districts surveyed did not reach the proficiency in numeracy.

This was worse in literacy skills in English language as the report records 75 per cent of the districts failing to acquire the required proficiency rate of 50 per cent at the same level.

Uwezo, a swahili word meaning capability, is an East African initiative seeking to fill the gap in educational assessment and social change by generating information on children’s literacy and numeracy skills aimed at stimulating debate that will encourage learning in schools.