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Expansion of private Universities in Kenya and its implication on quality and completion rate: An analytical study

Abstract

Benard Mwebi and Enose M. W. Simatwa

Access to University education was for a long time a preserve of some selected few who managed to pass highly the then Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education and now Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The competitive nature of the examinations locked out many candidates who qualified from pursuing University education. The emergence of Private Universities has provided a reprieve that was long overdue. That is, for Students who qualify but fail to get admission into Public Universities join Private Universities. However concerns have been raised for example on quality of education provided and completion rate. Stakeholders (Academic Registrars, Deans of Students, Student leaders, students and lecturers) were of the view that the quality of physical facilities, teaching and learning materials and administrative services were in some cases low. 1.70% of students dropped out before the completion of the University cycle for the 2007/2008 academic year cohort. The 3.2% educational wastage and the Completion rate for the said period was 96.8%. The study recommended that Private Universities should improve on provision of physical facilities, teaching and learning materials and administrative services. The findings of this study are significant to Private Universities’ management and Commission of Higher Education in improvement of standards of Private Universities in Kenya.

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