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Ms. Esme Kadzamira is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research & Training (CERT) of the University of Malawi. Prior to joining the University of Malawi, Esme worked as a Research and Test Development Officer at the Malawi National Examinations Board where among other things she was responsible for carrying out ex-post facto analysis of examination papers, aptitude testing, development of objective test items and training of markers and item writers.
Esme has also served as a member of a number of boards and committees of various organizations mostly dealing with girls’ education. Currently she serves as a member of Advancing Girls Education in Africa (AGE)- Malawi Advisory Committee; member of Local Advisory Council of Akilah Institute Malawi and Board member of Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF).
As Research Fellow, she has conducted numerous policy-oriented research in education and has been involved in a number of collaborative research programmes with teams from Sub Saharan Africa and the UK. She has been involved in multi-country research teams that have carried out research on Promoting Girls Education in Africa, in Gender and Primary Schooling in Africa, Impact of HIV/AIDS on Primary and Secondary Education in Africa, Financing Primary Education for All, Employment outcomes among secondary school and university leavers in Africa, abuse of girls in African schools. Esme has numerous publications in both referred journal and working papers.
Esme’s main research interest include, education policy, gender and development, access and equity, education financing. School effectiveness, determinants of learning outcomes.