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Kenya's education ranked the best in east Africa

15 May 2015, 09:35 Godfrey Olukya

Nairobi - Kenya has the best education standards in east Africa although education in the region is generally still poor.

An education monitoring report by UWEZO NGO, following a study in three of EAC member states, reveals that education in east African countries is still poor.

However, among the east African countries, Kenya has the best education standards followed by Tanzania and Uganda respectively.

The report emphasizes that Uganda is still registering poor education standards, and ranked Kampala 82nd position  position out of over 300 districts surveyed in the east African region.

According to the report findings, many children across the region are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills, with only two out of ten pupils (20%) in the third year of primary school being able to read and do basic mathematics. By the time they get to the last year of primary school, one out of four children (25%) have not yet acquired these basic skills.

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The report entitled 'Are our children learning?' reveals that most of the children aged 10 to 16 years do not excel in reading and writing.

The report further reveals that 64 percent of Kenyan children aged between 10 and 16 years passed both literacy and numeracy tests, while in Tanzania and Uganda only 48 and 36 percent passed respectively.

It went on to reveal that even in Kenya where children are performing best, less than 7 out of 10 children aged between 10 and 16 years have mastered grade 2 literacy and numeracy skills.

While presenting the report in Uganda, Mary Gorretti Nakabugo said: ''Much more needs to be done by all stakeholders be it the state, civil society or parents.''

She added that it was unfortunate that many children in east Africa go through primary education without mastering how to read and write.

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