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Title:Reflections on quality education in African higher education
Authors:Maila, M.W.
Awino, J.O.
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1814-6627)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:higher education
educational philosophy
educational quality
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146620802449464
Abstract:Worldwide the diverse ills in society are often seen as a manifestation of the weaknesses and poor quality of the education systems practised, especially those founded on traditional approaches - highly disciplined patriotic regimens, with a great deal of memorization and not much room for reflecting and questioning, in contrast to the contemporary education mission which seeks to produce free citizens, citizens who are free not because of wealth or birth, but because they can call their minds their own (M.C. Nussbaum, 1998). This paper critically explores both the basics of traditional education regimens, and the contemporary education mission as espoused by some renowned intellectuals, in order to illuminate the quest for a relevant and quality higher education in Africa based on the tenets of sound education regimes which are credible for both the local and world human citizenry. It concludes that an imperative goal for African higher education is the cultivation of humanity - a citizenry that can think critically, solve problems and apply new skills and techniques in diverse contexts, a citizenry that is knowledgeable about the care and wise use of the environment. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]