Uwezo’s 2012 numeracy and literacy report

Uwezo’s 2012 numeracy and literacy report

This past Tuesday, Uwezo1 launched it’s 2012 report on the state of numberacy and literacy (right-click to save-as) across East Africa. Similar to last year, the results are not cozy. Here is a round-up of the critical facts this year:

  1. Less than one third of pupils possess basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  2. 20% of children in Standard 7 do not have Standard 2 level literacy and numeracy competencies.
  3. There are large differences among EA countries, particularly with regard to literacy.
  4. There are minimal differences in literacy and numeracy levels between boys and girls.
  5. Children from socio-economically disadvantaged households perform worse.
  6. Private schools pupils perform better public school pupils, particularly in Tanzania.

For East African authorities involved with the delivery of public education, this should not be coming as a surprise, unless it takes more than a year for officials to read/see the results around town.

More importantly, what can everyone – citizens and public institutions – do about this?

When we blogged about the report last year, here is what our commentators suggested:

In addition some further questions were asked for future reports:

What are your thoughts about this year’s report? Discussion welcome below.

1Uwezo means ‘capability’ in Kiswahili. Uwezo is a four year initiative that aims to improve competencies in literacy and numeracy among children aged 6-16 years old in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, by using an innovative approach to social change that is citizen driven and accountable to the public.

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Al-Amin founded Vijana FM in 2009. With over a decade of experience in communications, design and operations, he now runs a digital media consulting agency - Lateral Labs - in Dar-es-Salaam.


  1. Jack D 7 years ago

    A suggestion: At the end of each of these reports, why not take them to teachers and students – even at the sample of schools surveyed – and be like “Guys, this is what we found. Why do you think this is? What needs to be done?”

    My gut feeling is people will never discuss this in the open, so extra effort would have to be invested to have these conversation either in small groups or even individually in private. But at the end of this exercise, I think these reports would look much for colorful than their data shows now.

    • Ally Tycoon 7 years ago

      The society and the leaders know that there is a problem in our education system, if you followed the parliamentary session during the delivery of education budget to the baby sitters you would agree with me. The baby sitters know that our education system is not good and they don’t even bother to try to change it since they can take their children to the best schools.

      • Jack D 7 years ago

        I’ve heard enough from the over-paid, over-time and mistreating baby sitters. I want to know what’s happening the minds of the babies.


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