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Title:The Education System as a Response to Inequality in Tanzania and Kenya
Author:Court, David
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Subjects:educational policy
social inequality
Ethnic and Race Relations
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:This article examines the attempt of Kenya and Tanzania to deal with the universal problem of how to reconcile inequalities in the distribution of rewards with a concern for equality. It argues that in both countries the mainspring of educational policy is a desire to alleviate the potentially disruptive consequences of inequality, although for different purposes and by different means. The broad purpose is to compare contrasting educational practice in Kenya and Tanzania from this perspective as a way of illuminating two distinctive modes of development. More specifically is attempted to identify some of the contradictions and dilemmas inherent in their particular use of education. Finally, this analysis is used to make a speculative assessment of how each is faring in the task of building a relatively integrated polity. Ref.