TESSA secondary science: Addressing the challenges facing science teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2011 Conference, in August 2011, Mozambique. In recent years there have been considerable advances towards the achievement of Millenium Goal 2: universal primary education by 2015 (UNDP, 2011). Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that previously educated around 50% of primary aged children are now achieving 70-80%. This is creating considerable pressure at secondary level with a significant shortage of secondary school places in many countries and a shortage of secondary teachers (Verspoor, 2008). It has been suggested that secondary education in SSA does not contribute as effectively to human capability development as it should as student achievement is low. Indeed, strong performance in maths and science in particular, is associated with economic growth.