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ERIC Number: EJ912359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Improving Primary Science Education in Uganda and India
Norman, Ssempa Nurudean; Singh, Surjit
Primary Science Review, n99 p8-11 Sep-Oct 2007
The development of science and technology in any country will be a key factor in determining its status and power in an open economy, and developing countries such as India and Uganda cannot afford to be left behind. The observed fall in the number of youngsters seeking careers in science during the past few years has become a matter of concern to all involved in scientific research. This may lead to a situation where scientists of excellence are hard to find, especially at a time when the global demand for skills in a technology-based economy is increasing rapidly. Although much emphasis has been given in both countries to creating infrastructure for education, most of the efforts have not been directed towards quality but quantity, that is, universal primary education (UPE). The worst-hit sector continues to be primary school education, in terms of lack of quality teachers, lack of dedication towards teaching, high pupil-teacher ratios (52:1 in India), lack of proper teaching materials and sometimes proper school premises. Though science centres and scholarships for pupils were introduced in many states to address these concerns in relation to science education, the situation has remained the same mainly because of the lack of flexible subject and course combinations and of classroom demonstrations, which has further stifled the joy of learning. In this article, the authors discuss their common concerns about progress in their countries and their belief that all children should have access to a primary science education that is engaging, interactive, and relevant.
Association for Science Education. College Lane Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AA, UK. Tel: +44-1-707-283000; Fax: +44-1-707-266532; e-mail: info@ase.org.uk; Web site: http://www.ase.org.uk
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India; Uganda