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Title:The development of university education in Kenya 1960-1989
Author:Bogonko, Sorobea NyachieoISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Universities and colleges
Educational development
Abstract:This paper examines the development of university education in Kenya since 1960. After showing the place of Kenyan students in the University of East Africa in Makerere, Uganda (1963-1970), the paper focuses on the developments in university education in Kenya. Growth has been tremendous, rising from one university college in June 1970 to four full-fledged universities in 1989 with a student population rising by leaps and bounds by more than 900 percent. The paper delineates the production of local highly educated manpower, the stimulation and promotion of intellectual and cultural growth, research and dissemination of knowledge as the aims of university education in Kenya. Despite shortages of funds, these aims are being achieved. The paper also points out the fact that as public institutions, Kenyan universities have a much reduced academic freedom and autonomy. Whereas there are many prospects for university education in Kenya, there are also serious problems facing that education. These include the lack of accommodation and messing facilities, the large number of qualified students who cannot get university places locally, and student unrest. Equally disturbing are increasing unemployment among university graduates and the poor terms of service for the teaching staff. Bibliogr.