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Public university, private funding: the challenges in East Africa

Nyagotti-Chacha, Chacha

Abstract:
In this chapter, Nyagotti-Chacha explores the funding of East African universities, by firstly providing the reader with a brief historical overview of the region's higher education institutions.  For a number of years before and after independence, university education in East Africa has been mainly public in ownership as well as in operational control.  Expenses have been financed entirely by the public budget.  However, the last two decades have been characterised by tight national fiscal policies which have affected the provision of free education.  The author describes the effect that the introduction of the Structural Adjustment Programmes have had on and undermined access to university education.  Cost sharing and loan schemes are also discussed as means of financing university education.  The chapter further elaborates on the challenges that have to be addressed in order for higher education in East Africa is to meet expectations.

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Chapter Title: Public university, private funding: the challenges in East Africa
Book Title: Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas
Edited by: Michael O. Afolayan
City: Asmara, Eritrea
Publisher: Africa World Press Inc.
No. of Pages: 78-90


Date:2007
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Finance and Physical Resources
Country:East Africa
Keywords:Eastern Africa, Universities, Funding, Cost Sharing, Private Sector, Challenges, Structural Adjustment Programs SAPS


File Size:90 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor.
Date Added:22 July 2008


Nyagotti-Chacha, Chacha (2007). Public university, private funding: the challenges in East Africa, In Michael O. Afolayan (ed) Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas , Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press Inc., 78-90