Research Papers and Theses

Masters and Doctoral Theses

Availability and distribution of resources in Botswana primary schools and their relationship with pupils’ learning achievements.
Written by
Monyaku B.

In Zambia, as the focus shifts from achieving access to primary education to quality of education comes the need to hold schools accountable for the performance of their intakes. In as much as this should be the case, care must be taken to ensure that schools are held accountable only for the things they can influence. School effectiveness research offers the possibility for achieving this in that it is possible to determine school effects on pupil scores by statistically isolating other contributing factors. This therefore offers a possibility for fairly ranking schools according to performance. When school management teams accept the ranking criterion as fair and that what is being measured is the core purpose for which they were set out to achieve, they will strive to improve and consequently make schools better learning environments. ...

Written by
Masalila T.B.

This thesis undertakes a detailed examination of the reading skills of Botswana ‘s Grade 6 pupils and then uses the results of this examination to reflect upon the content and structure of the curriculum and teaching materials provided for these children. The research was centred around the construction of a Reading Skills Hierarchy for Botswana’s Grade 6 pupils that provides a descriptive account of their reading competencies by illustrating exactly “what they can and can not do”. ...

Papers from the 2005 International Invitational Educational Policy Research Conference

Nicholas Spaull
Primary School Performance in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa. SACMEQ Working Paper Nr. 8
Mokaeane V. Polaki and Makhala B. Khoeli
A Cross-National Comparison of Primary School Children’s Performance in Mathematics Using SACMEQ II Data for Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Paper presented to the International Invitational Educational Policy Research Conference, Paris, France, 28 September 2 October, 2005.