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Title:Socio-economic status (SES) origins: the case of Tanzania secondary school students
Author:Malekela, G.A.ISNI
Year:1986
Periodical:Utafiti
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:67-83
Language:English
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:pupils
secondary education
sociology
social status
students
Link:http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/Utafiti/vol8no1/aejp008001006.pdf
Abstract:The aim of this study is to investigate whether or not children from different socioeconomic status origins have similar chances of being selected for secondary education in public schools in Tanzania both at O-level, where selection is based on regional merit, and at A-level, where selection is governed by merit at the national level. Findings from samples of 1,186 Form IV students, representing the O-level, and 1,727 Form V students, representing the A-level, who were attending the two levels in 1982, reveal that at both levels selectivity indices increase with increasing parental education and occupational status. In other words, the higher the socioeconomic status of parents, the better the chances of their children being selected for secondary education. The author concludes that even in countries committed to egalitarianism, inequality of access to education seems to be following the patterns generally observable in capitalist societies. Bibliogr.
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