About this book


This book is a valuable resource for policymakers and practitioners as it brings insights mainly from developing countries where relatively less research activity takes place.  It is also a valuable resource for courses in mathematics education in the teacher education colleges, and departments of education in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

In the increasingly global and technological world mathematics is seen as a significant gatekeeper of opportunities for social and economic advancement and mobility. Hence, countries and development agencies in the broader sub-Saharan Africa region are looking towards increasing access to relevant and high-quality secondary education as a lever towards economic development. Policy makers and other key decision makers in education look towards improvement in mathematics teaching and learning as a key focus in education reform. In the East Africa region also a number of initiatives have been taken at the national level in the respective countries to improve the quality of mathematics education. This book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the developments and issues in mathematics education in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, and advances our understanding of the state of secondary mathematics education in East Africa.


Mathematics curriculum developmen Mathematics education in sub-Saharan Africa Challenges in teaching and learning mathematics Harmonizing mathematics education in diverse settings State of mathematics education in sub-Saharan Africa Potentials in sub-Saharan African math education Pitfalls in sub-Saharan African math education

Editors and affiliations

  • Anjum Halai
    • 1
  • Geoff Tennant
    • 2
  1. 1.East Africa Salama House UramboAga Khan Univ, Inst for Edu DevtDar es SalaamTanzania
  2. 2.Institute for Educational DevelopmentAga Khan UniversityDares SalaamTanzania

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mathematics Education in East Africa
  • Book Subtitle Towards Harmonization and Enhancement of Education Quality
  • Editors Anjum Halai
    Geoff Tennant
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC-ND
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-27257-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27258-0
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 80
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Education Policy
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“This edited, 6-chapter, 80-page paperback volume discusses the current school level mathematics education situation in East Africa. … those who are conducting international comparisons of mathematics instruction and that those who work on mathematics education projects in East Africa, whether Peace Corp volunteers, researchers, or policy advisors, would be interested in the volume, as well as those just curious about mathematics education in East Africa.” (Annie Selden, MAA Reviews,, July, 2016)