SPINE: Student Performance in National Examinations - the dynamics of language in school achievement.
This project is about the study of children in sub-saharan Africa who demonstrate their subject learning through formal examinations that are in English. In many of these contexts, the children learn their Maths, Science and other school subjects through two languages, that is their first (home) language as well as their second language.
Incompetence in English has been mentioned as a significant factor contributing to low examination performance and some researchers have argued that the language of examinations should be in the children’s first language. This research is concerned with investigating the dynamics of languages (English and Kiswahili) in formal school examinations through which children attempt to show how much they have learned in school.
SPINE is a collaborative project between the University of Bristol and the State University of ZanzibarState University of Zanzibar website
Abdulla Hemed Mohamed, Zanzibar Research Associate, introduces the collaborative SPINE project between the State University of Zanzibar and the University of Bristol.