STREAM: Issues of Access, Retention and Completion in Africa’s Institutions of Higher Education

STREAM: Issues of Access, Retention and Completion in Africa’s Institutions of Higher Education

This stream aims to discuss issues surrounding access, retention and completion in Africa’s institutions of Higher Education.

For the most part, Higher education appears to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, higher education is perceived as contributing to development and social change for economic growth by way of advancement in knowledge and technology yet on the other hand, it creates disparities in wealth and opportunities between rural and urban students, genders, ethnicities, social classes and generations (Moore, 2004). The latter role has been based on the understanding that higher education works in favour of the already privileged socioeconomically and as such, it serves to maintain the status quo (Bourdieu, 1990).

While efforts are being made to widen access in higher education, there is evidence of high dropout rates and low completion rates, resulting in ‘the revolving door syndrome.’

This proposed thematic stream therefore will seek to invite panel discussions on issues facing higher education institutions in Africa on any of these topics or others including:

  • Access;
  • Retention;
  • Completion

This will serve as a way of sharing experiences on how these issues manifest themselves in different contexts in Africa as well as measures that are being put in place to redress them

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1: Issues of Access, Retention and Completion in Africa’s Institutions of Higher Education

  • Downloading Scholarship: The Internet and the Dilemmas of Higher Education in Nigeria, Okwechime, Iwebunor (Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
  • Critiquing the Deficit Perspective Surrounding University Success of Students from Low Socioeconomic Background: The Case of Malawi’s Higher Education, Banda, Tiffany Vincentia (PhD student – University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • An Ubuntu Ethics Approach to Higher Education Access Inequalities in Malawi, Manthalu, Chikumbutso Herbert (University of Malawi, Chancellor College; Stellenbosch University (PhD Student), Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • Beyond Access: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Gender Disparity in Girls’ Education in Institutions of Higher Education in Cameroon, Abonge, Christiana V (Department of Women and Gender Studies; Faculty of Social and Management Sciences; University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon)

Confirmed Workshops

Workshop 1: Enhancing Competitiveness of Higher Education End Products in the Job Market

  • The End Product: Higher Education Completion and the Quality Culture Architect. The Case of Uganda, Makumbi, Rita Bayiga (Ndejje University, Kampala, Uganda)

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Tiffany Banda (main contact)

For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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