Financing of Higher Education in Kenya

2483 Words May 11th, 2012 10 Pages
JOSEPH KAMAU MUNGAI

Table of Contents
1. Introduction……………………………………………2-3
2. Theoretical models on higher education funding…....4-5
3. Sources of funding higher education…………………6
4. The government policy………………………………..7-8
5. Alternative funding programs……………………….9-10
6. Conclusion …………………………………………….11
7. References……………………………………………..12 1. Introduction The recent shocking revelation of many employees in the public service of Kenya with no post secondary academic qualifications is perhaps an awakening call for the government to evaluate its labour policies. More than the corruption connotation of these findings is a call for the government to make an intentional move to enhancing the labour productivity by expanding financing for
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This approach seeks to maintain a uniform provision of higher education to all its citizens. However, this ideology relegates the merit factor and raises questions of feasibility in promoting equality. Such a socialist approach may be prone to compromised standards of higher education in its endeavor to satisfy all. The alternative economic model is a hybrid of socialism and capitalism which derives from government intervention. This system is commonly known as a mixed economy. In Kenya is such an example. The critical subject in such a model is how to keep balance between the forces of capitalism and socialism. The role of government policy comes in handy in ensuring that competition especially amongst the private sector in education is healthy and that education provision meets required standards. Access to higher education must be equitable for all citizens; based on the principle of merit regardless of gender, religion, ethnic or social economic background. The limitations to this must not enshroud the government’s responsibility of planning for higher education. In a case study, the Israelite government developed a policy in that has since 1990 doubled the number of students in higher education. Some of the key elements the policy encapsulates are; limiting the undergraduate enrolment at research universities while ensuring the majority of undergraduate students study in academic colleges awarding a Bachelor’s degree.…