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Title:In search of sources other than governmental in the financing of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa: a word of caution beyond the gains
Author:Some, Touorouzou Herve
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Geographic terms:Burkina Faso
East Africa
educational financing
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/jhigheducafri.8.1.73
Abstract:The African higher education system is undergoing a profound structural crisis. Universities seem to be left with little choice but to diversify the sources of their revenue instead of relying solely on governmental resources. Students and parents, especially, are expected to bear an important share of the cost of education. This article takes a look at the financial management reforms adopted in some African countries. At the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso cost-sharing has been implemented from top down and is still subject to student contestation. At the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and universities in Kenya, financial management reforms, including cost-sharing, seem to be more or less accepted by students, faculty and staff, although their success remains to be seen. Finally, Makerere University in Uganda seems to be successful with its cost-sharing measures due to, amongst others, the transparency of the process, the existence of enlightened university leadership, political stability and the government's willingness to grant the university autonomy. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]