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The Southern and East African Consortium for monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) in conjunction with UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) conducts surveys in southern and East Africa countries collecting data for educational planners. The SECMEQ III survey (2005 -2010) collected data from 15 countries1, 2779 schools and 61396 pupils in grade 6. In Zambia data was collected from 157 schools and 2895 pupils. 
 
     
     

 

How does Zambian compare with other countries?
In standard SACMEQ III tests Zambian Grade 6 pupils achieved the lowest mean score and showed the highest level of mathematical numeracy2 of all countries tested. 
 
       
 

International Mean Mathematics Scores

 

International Percentage of Innumeracy 

 
     
         
Urban or rural, poor or rich, girls and boys - how do they compare ?
 
   
 

Mean Socioecconomic maths scores in Zambia

 

Percentage of Innumeracy in Zambia 

 
     
         
     
       
 
Date sources and Definitions:
1:- Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania (mainland), Tanzania (Zanzibar, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 
 
2:- functional numeracy - In SACMEQ's tests a learner is functionally numerate when they cannot translate information into fractions or interpret common everyday units of measurement 
 
 

 

 

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