Sam Jones has an article published in the Africa Education Review
Sam Jones (together with Youdi Schipper of Uwazi) has published an article in the Africa Education Review. The article uses large-scale data on literacy and numeracy outcomes for children of school age across East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) to investigate the contribution of family background to learning differences. This is important because the extent to which differences in family background characteristics explain differences in learning outcomes reflects the degree of equality in educational opportunities. We find that learning differences between children from less-advantaged households and those from more-advantaged households equals around one year or more of effective learning. Even so, family background does not fully explain the large differences in learning between countries for children of school starting age.