WENR, December 2017: Africa
South Africa: Reading Levels in Early Grades Still Lag Global Norms
The 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls), showed that 80 percent of students in 4th grade are not learning to “read for meaning.” Although this lands South Africa in last place of the 50 countries tested, it does show improvement from recent studies.
Business Day South Africa
Central African Republic: Will Efforts to Replace Missing Teachers Succeed?
Most trained teachers have fled their posts since war broke out in 2013. So far 500 “parent-teachers” have been trained to fill the gap. Some 14,000 are needed.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Private Higher Education Is Slowly Improving
Private institutions are a substantial part of the answer to increased demand for higher education capacity across sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia has 120 private higher education institutions, and Ghana, South Africa and Uganda each significant numbers as well. Although still largely demand-absorbing, many are seeking to increase the quality of their programs, expand scholarship opportunities, and innovate delivery methods.
Inside Higher Ed