Measuring breadth of learning in Zambian primary schools

published 2018-01-22 updated 2018-04-24

This survey investigated the breadth of learning opportunities available in selected Zambian Primary Schools.

The survey looked at the availability of teaching and learning resources, curriculum coverage (learning areas and contact time), teacher qualifications and experiences, professional development programmes, learner support and community involvement. The survey reveals that all the learning areas are adequately covered in the seven learning domains although time allocated is inadequate except for the core learning areas. Reproductive health and sexuality is taught as a cross-cutting issue. A further analysis of the findings show that class sizes were relatively higher than the recommended class sizes particularly in the upper grades. In terms of professional development programmes, the majority of the teachers were not benefitting from externally facilitated programmes. The survey further showed that there were inadequate teaching and learning materials to cater to all learners.