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ERIC Number: EJ1037570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Universal Basic Education and the Provision of Quality Mathematics in Southern Africa
Kazima, Mercy
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v12 n4 p841-858 Aug 2014
In this paper, I discuss Universal Basic Education (UBE) in relation to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Southern Africa. I present the status of UBE for all countries in the region and then use 3 selected examples: Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia, to illustrate the provision of mathematics in the general framework of UBE in the countries. I draw from results of SACMEQ evaluations to compare the 3 countries' quality of primary education and also the mathematical achievement of learners. According to the evaluations, countries that have better age-appropriate enrolment and provide a better quality of primary education seem to have better mathematical achievement than countries that have less age-appropriate enrolment and less quality of primary education. While this might seem obvious, it is important to note because of the many challenges that some Southern African countries are facing in their efforts in providing quality mathematics education to all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Botswana; Malawi; Zambia
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