An analysis of existing evidence around perceptions of the Tanzanian education system

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Helpdesk Query:

Produce an analysis of existing evidence around perceptions of the Tanzanian education system.
Areas to cover:

  • Positive and negative perceptions of the Tanzanian education system in general, and the
    reasons behind those perceptions.
  • What are the views about when children should start and stop formal schooling? What
    are the views of different levels of education, and which is most important?
  • What skills do children need the most for their future, and are these skills being
    developed in schools?
  • What happens to children who drop out of school, what are their options?
Summary:

This Helpdesk report has been commissioned to help understand the extent to which the education system currently meets young people’s needs and how far the school represents a safe space for young people. In line with the plan to gather insights and identify trends, themes and areas for discussion for policy meetings about the wider population’s views on the above issues, datasets were identified analysed.

Education has improved since the introduction of free education: According to Twaweza (2016b), 76% of those surveyed believed the introduction of free education would improve quality by improving the teaching environment (p.3). According to Twaweza (2016a), 50% of those surveyed reported that the quality of education has improved, 35% stated that it has remained the same and 15% believed that it has deteriorated (p.2).

However, according to Twaweza (2016b), half of citizens surveyed think that the quality of primary education has improved over the last ten years, so it is unclear if those citizens questioned for Twaweza (2016a) are also more optimistic about improvements in the education system in general.

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