Media: The Importance of Early Grade Learning in Primary Schools
Radio Maisha (a Swahili broadcaster in Kenya) spoke to Dr. Moses Ngware about APHRC’s recent study on Early Education in Kenya and Uganda. The discussion was aired during the 6am, 7am, 8am and 1pm news bulletins on May 11th 2012. Below is an excerpt of the interview.
"A call has gone out to the Ministry of Education to provide early grader education in the language that the young pupils understand. According to APHRC’s research, Ugandan grade one to three students taught in their mother tongue are performing better than their Kenyan compatriots. Dr. Moses Ngware, a senior researcher at the organization explains that teaching early graders in their mother tongue strengthens their learning foundations.
Furthermore, the research has found that contrary to popular beliefs that the free education system has contributed to the deterioration of education standards, the system has significantly contributed to many more students from poor families accessing to basic education.
The study was conducted in primary schools in the Korogocho slums of Nairobi and and Kwale in the Coastal Region."
Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRQknTTxIXI&feature=youtu.be
Listen to the actual broadcast at http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&v=o0l_G2JcC48