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Title:University students' perception of the courses they take and their expectations of the workplace after graduation: the case of Egerton University, Kenya
Authors:Wachanga, S.W.
Githua, B.N.
Keraro, F.N.
Year:1999
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Volume:11
Issue:3
Period:November
Pages:202-225
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:pupils
universities
education
graduates
Curriculum subjects
Universities and colleges
work environment
Egerton University
Abstract:Degree programmes in the public universities in Kenya offer traditional courses, which are limited in scope. A significant number of students are offered courses which are not of their own choice. There is an urgent need to make university education more relevant for the job market and the training needs of students. The main purpose of this study was to investigate whether students were taking courses of their own choice and how they assess their education as a preparation for their future careers. Additionally, the study investigated students' expectations of their workplace and their willingness to re-train and/or change career. The research was a survey of fourth-year students (R = 389) in four faculties of Egerton University, Kenya, in the 1995-1996 academic year. The results call for diversification of university curricula. At the same time, admissions to the university should be liberalized and academic guidance services enhanced and strengthened. The appendix presents the text of the questionnaire. Bibliogr., sum.
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