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A descriptive assessment of higher education access, participation, equity, and disparity in Ghana

Atuahene, Francis; Owusu-Ansah, Anthony

Since independence, Ghana has comparatively distinguished itself among many Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries in its educational developments. Tertiary education in Ghana over the past decade has witnessed tremendous growth in various frontages—increased access and participation, relative expansion of academic facilities, a growing private sector, and most importantly, a transformative policy environment. Despite these overwhelming developments, there remain inequalities in the higher education system in Ghana: access has not been broadened to include all social groups. Available data suggest unequal participation among women, minorities, individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and spatial-based disparities. Using enrollment data from universities, policy document from the Ministry of Education, and the National Council for Tertiary Education in Ghana, and academic research reports, the authors provide descriptive and critical analyses of the structures of inequalities and disparities in higher education in Ghana. The authors argue that in spite of the massive developments over the years, there exist accessibility and participation gap with respect to students’ socioeconomic status, gender, regions of origin, and the type and location of secondary schools attended.

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Document Title: A descriptive assessment of higher education access, participation, equity, and disparity in Ghana
Journal: SAGE Open
Issue: July-September 2013
No. of Pages: 1 –16

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Keywords:Access, Access to Higher Education, Ghana, Participation, Participation Rate, Equity

File Size:1.64 MB
Rights:The Author(s)
Date Added:31 July 2013

Atuahene, Francis; Owusu-Ansah, Anthony (2013), A Descriptive Assessment of Higher Education Access, Participation, Equity, and Disparity in Ghana, SAGE Open July-September 2013: 1 –16