Learning Assessments

Learning Assessment

 The quality of basic education is low in Kano State and the Nation in general.  Furthermore (EGRA) studies carried out in May and June 2014 in Kano, Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna States revealed that there are very low levels reading skills acquisition for both government and Islamiyya, Qur’anic and Tsangaya Education IQTE schools in the four states. Same study showed that progress toward Global Partnership for Education (GPE) bench mark of “learning and demonstrating mastery of basic literacy” was severely inadequate in both Hausa and English. Table 2 is comparing performance of candidates in the four states on oral reading fluency scores in Hausa (CWPM) by grade level, gender and state.

Table 2. Oral Reading Fluency Scores in Hausa (CWPM) by Grade Level, Gender and State  

Mean Oral Reading Fluency Score (CWPM)

State

        Primary 2

              Primary 3

IQTE Stage 1 and Cohorts 3

 

Boys

Girls

All

Boys

Girls

All

Boys

Girls

All

Jigawa

4.7

1.2

3.4

4.0

1.5

3.0

22.3

34.6

25.1

Kaduna

0.4

0.6

0.5

2.8

1.8

2.4

13.7

13.6

13.7

Kano

3.4

2.2

2.8

7.7

4.7

6.2

22.3

2.7

16.5

Katsina

2.6

2.6

2.6

7.2

2.7

5.1

30.8

27.6

29.5

Source:  Nigeria Reading and Access Research Activity (Results of the 2014 Hausa and English Early Grade Reading Assessments (EGRAs) in Government Primary Schools and IQTE Centers of Jigawa,Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States Revised November 2014)

The above table shows that on the oral reading and fluency scores in Hausa. Kano’s overall scores of 2.8, in primary 2, 16.5 in IQTE schools is poor compared to that of the other two states of Katsina and Jigawa . The only state whose scores are lower than Kano is Kaduna. The low score can be attributed to the fact that only the northern part of that state (Kaduna) is predominately Hausa.   

Table3 .  Reading Comprehension in Hausa by Grade Level, Gender and  State  

Reading comprehension: percentage of Pupils who could Read the Hausa Text with 80% comprehension or greater 

State

        Primary 2

              Primary 3

IQTE Stage 1 and Cohorts 3

 

Boys

Girls

 

Boys

Girls

 

Boys

Girls

 

Jigawa

3%

0%

0%

0%

21%

43%

Kaduna

0%

0%

2%

2%

10%

9%

Kano

3%

2%

1%

2%

18%

2%

Katsina

2%

2%

4%

%

32%

30%

Source:  Nigeria Reading and Access Research Activity (Results of the 2014 Hausa and English Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRAs) in Government Primary Schools and IQTE Centers of Jigawa,Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States Revised November 2014)

Table 3 above is on reading comprehension by grade level and gender. The performance here in all the four states is generally poor with girls’ performance on average, lower than the boys’ counterpart.