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ERIC Number: EJ990207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
School Disaffection--Africa's Growing Problem?
Smith, Robert Langley
International Journal on School Disaffection, v1 n1 p7-12 2003
This article argues that despite such large-scale international programmes as Education for All, backed by UNESCO and the World Bank among others, enrolment and retention rates in Africa will continue to decline as pupils, parents and employers realise that formal schooling does not deliver what it has promised. Although much attention has been paid to such issues as improved access and equity, especially for girls, the underlying problems of African schools remain the same--low relevance to the real world outside the school, inadequate and inappropriate learning, teaching and disciplinary regimes and low utility of the little learning that has been mastered. Using the concept of school disaffection as a lens through which to view this catalogue of inadequacies will help educational planners and reformers to focus their programs more effectively, giving consideration to the needs of the child rather than the needs of the system. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa