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Title:Some dilemmas of higher education in Africa: (why African university graduates won't develop Africa)
Author:Barkan, Joel D.ISNI
Periodical:The Conch: A Biafran Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Abstract:The often unquestioned utility of African higher education is put to the test by discussing the roles and attitudes of African university graduates and by juxtaposing these against the roles of other actors who appear to be making a greater contribution to socio-economic development. In fact the creation of the African university and the educated upper-middle class it has spawned, pose a series of dilemmas for the developmental process which are beyond the control of the educational system itself. These include the entrenchment and embourgeoisement of the African technicratic class; the exacerbation of the elite-mass gap and the problem this poses for the achievement of national integration and development administration in rural areas; the dilemma of innovation and entreneurship and the continuation of neocolonial relationship; and the dilemma of mass discontent and political instability. Notes, ref. Commentary by Kenneth Prewitt on p. 191-193.