17% of Male adolescents aged 13-17 years cannot read grade 4 text!


17 Percent of male adolescent can not read grade four text.Latest Report.

By Mercy Too

The latest report by Zizi Afrique Foundation, a  non-government organization that conduct studies and assessment of learning , Monday launched  a report on the levels of life skills and values among adolescents in Kenya aged between 13-17 years .

The report shows that about 43% teenagers aged 13-17 years are able to read a grade four text while the 17% of male teens are unable to read English fluently compared to female teens.

The report further  shows  a  disparity between those in urban and rural areas on the  ability to express high respect  for others, Wajir County  leads  with 18.8% of  teenagers  who can express respect to others while Bungoma County recorded  1.9% thus  having the highest number of adolescents  without  regards to respect for others.

Uasin Gishu County recorded 4.4% and Nairobi 4.2% respectively.

The report also  shows that 95% of adolescent teenagers do not have the required problem solving skills and only 5% are  able to recognize the  existence of a problem and identify a  possible solution.

“We can say that only 5% of adolescents are proficient in  problem solving while 95% of the same adolescents  do not have the ability to solve problems.” Remarked Prof. Masibo Lumala  Director, Institute of Online, Distance and E-Learning (IODeL).

It also noted that 50% of adolescents can access the internet easily, 27% of them  could not use  the technology at all.

70% of adolescents can regulate their emotions  albeit unaware of the multiple ways in which others might perceive and  react to situations.

Mombasa County is leading with 38.7% of youth  aged 13-17  years with the  ability to recognize and  express  emotions, assess  self  and  to reflect  and  manage their emotions.

Mandera county on the other hand  had  the  lowest  percentage of  youth  at 9.4% with the ability to understand why people behave the way they do towards one  another.

This self-management and perspective taking are sub-skills of self-awareness.

This report is a product of collaborative work among 2,000 people across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The assessment was started in 2020 and a total of 17, 276 adolescents, from 14, 197 households aged 13-17 years from 798 enumeration areas were assessed. 39 trainers, 800 teachers conducted the assessment on the teenagers supported by chiefs and village elders.

These  competences  are  supposed to help the  schooling generation navigate the Complexities of the  2st century.

The Foundation hopes  that all teachers and parents understand the worth of these  competencies and how homes and  classrooms  can yield  into breeding grounds for life skills and  values.


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