Title

Reading and numeracy skills after school leaving in southern Malawi: A longitudinal analysis

Document Type

Article (peer-reviewed)

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

The extent to which skills acquired during schooling are retained after school-leaving in developing countries remains largely unknown. Using a longitudinal dataset of Malawian adolescents aged 14–17 attending school when first interviewed in 2007, we investigate whether literacy and numeracy skills at school leaving were retained several years after. We find a significant gender difference in skill level after school leaving for English skills, even after controlling for initial skill level and grade attainment, with females scoring lower than males. Although the gender difference in numeracy is not significant, females score lower than males after school leaving.

DOI

10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.08.011

Language

English

Project

Malawi Schooling and Adolescent Study

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