Pupils better in Kiswahili over past three years: survey

Friday June 17 2016


By Bernard Lugongo

Dar es Salaam.The ability to read and write in Kiswahili by Standard Two and Three pupils has significantly improved over the last three years, a new study reveals.


The 2016 preliminary report of the Tanzania National Early Grade Reading Assessment shows that there has been a shift from zero scores among pupils in lower primary school to higher averages compared to a 2013 baseline survey.


The findings are based on foundation reading and mathematical skills benchmarks set in 2014 when the education sector was included in the country’s ‘Big Results Now’ drive.



Released recently in Dar es Salaam, the report shows that targets set for 2015 were “met and surpassed.”


While the aim was to reduce the number of pupils scoring zero on none word reading to 26 per cent, the number was reduced further down to 17.9 per cent.


On Oral Reading Fluency (ORF), the target was surpassed by 10 per cent from the targetted 26 to only 16.1 per cent of the pupils scoring zero. Likewise, on Reading Comprehension (RC) only 25.9 per cent scored zero against 37 per cent target.