A riddle explained: gender disparities in east african education

2017-12-19 10:27:43 Viewed: 411 Downloads: 112
  • A riddle explained: gender disparities in east african education

      Tia Linda Zuze

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    Pub: 2017-12-19 10:27:43

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  • There can be little question that studying the relationship between education
    and inequality will benefit public investment in education. Although primary
    school enrolment for African girls has increased in many parts of the developing
    world, gender differences in performance persist, particularly in mathematics
    and science subjects. This study focused on three countries in East Africa with
    a female disadvantage in mathematics, and explored the influence of contextual
    factors and organisational processes that were associated with higher
    achievement and its improved gender distribution. Across countries, there was
    a positive and significant relationship between higher academic achievement
    in mathematics and the social class climate of the school. An important finding
    relating to gender was that the school setting seemed to favour boys. However,
    the particular features that were related to a wider gender gap were quite
    specific to individual countries. The implications for education sector reform and
    development are discussed.

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  • Keywords

    Africa, demand for schooling, development, education production function, gender


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