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Title:New Frontiers of Exclusion: Private Higher Education and Women's Opportunities in Kenya
Author:Oanda, Ibrahim Ogachi
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:higher education
women students
access to education
private education
social inequality
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Education and Training
Private universities and colleges
Sex discrimination in education
Educational equalization
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43661439
Abstract:The semi-privatization of public universities and the growth of private universities have been two important developments affecting higher education in Kenya in the last decade. The trend towards the privatization of university education has been in tune with global neoliberal policies that Kenya embraced from 1986. The policies were promoted for their potential to broaden opportunities for previously excluded groups. In higher education, private universities and programmes claim to offer more opportunities for women and a higher transition from college to employment. A close analysis however reveals that these claims are of limited validity. Rather than expanding opportunities for women, private universities in Kenya tend to create new subtle arenas for exclusion. This article analyses the ways in which the logic and practical working of private universities accentuate women's marginalization in terms of access policies, academic cultures and disciplinary orientations. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]