Universal Primary Education in Africa: English Speaking Countries


Daniel N. Sifuna (Author) – Department of Educational Foundations, School of Education, Naibori, Kenya
Dr. Isabella M. Kamere (Author)
Donald K. Kombo (Author)

Series: African Studies
Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World

BISAC: EDU000000

Many countries all over the world are struggling to achieve for all. As part of such effort, they have strategized to provide universal primary education which normally refers to the enrollment of all school age children in primary schools, namely achieving one hundred percent of the net enrollment. While such efforts have been realized in many developing countries, it is a major challenge in most developing countries, especially in Africa following the attainment of independence. This book focuses on the influence of donor agencies in setting for the development of education in Africa leading to the preliminary interventions by different African English countries through the provision of free primary education. It is noted that most of the countries which introduced fee remission through free primary education experienced massive enrollments as many children from disadvantaged groups took advantage of the policy intervention to send their children to school. However, the push for it came to be identified with increasing deterioration in the quality of primary education right from the provision of physical facilities, teaching and learning materials, deployment of teachers, performance and transition from primary to secondary education. The quality of infrastructure and teaching and learning materials were in a deplorable state, especially in the rural areas, where such enrollments were well above the official recommended number of pupils per classroom. It proceeds to provide an interesting and easy to read accounts of the development of universal primary education in selected countries analyzing successes and challenges. Among the key challenges identified in the implementation of the UPE policy include; the lack of adequate planning, financing, inadequate infrastructure, and the HIV/AIDS scourge. On the basis of the above challenges, it is important that policy measures are put in place to improve the quality of primary education in many countries.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Universal Primary Education: Concept Nd Preliminary Interventions

Chapter 3: Universal Primary Education In Botswana

Chapter 4: Universal Primary Education In The Gambia

Chapter 5: Universal Primary Education In Ghana

Chapter 6: Universal Primary Education In Kenya

Chapter 7: Universal Primary Education In Lesotho

Chapter 8: Universal Primary Education In Liberia

Chapter 9: Universal Primary Education In Malawi

Chapter 10: Universal Primary Education In Namibia

Chapter 11: Universal Primary Education In Nigeria

Chapter 12: Universal Primary Education In Sierra Leone

Chapter 13: Universal Primary Education (Upe) In South Africa

Chapter 14: Universal Primary Education (Upe) In Swaziland

Chapter 15: Universal Primary Education In Tanzania

Chapter 16: Universal Primary Education In Uganda

Chapter 17: Universal Primary Education In Zambia

Chapter 18: Universal Primary Education In Zimbabwe

Chapter 19: Challenges Of Achieving Quality Universal Primary Education


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