The Impact of Capacity Extension on Quality of Graduates in Institutions of Higher Learning in Nakuru

Ahenda, Amos Otieno (2010) The Impact of Capacity Extension on Quality of Graduates in Institutions of Higher Learning in Nakuru. In: he 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.


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For a long time now, Kenyan graduates from institutions of higher learning have been accused of incompetence and deficiency in vital experience needed in the job market. Whereas this could be disputed, worrying trends show that many such graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to secure jobs, while, at the same time, those seeking further education abroad are subjected to greater scrutiny. A question begging answer is whether Kenyans are getting trained for the right purposes and to acceptable levels of proficiency. Being a market- driven economy, the disconnect between education policy formulation and implementation and market consultation is worrying. This is especially so given the rapid expansion being witnessed in institutions of higher learning. Using a Qualitative Approach and Survey Methodology, it is here argued that this trend was responsible for the growing gap between theory and practice, and the diminishing command of research capability and analytical communication among graduates. It is also questioned, whether the expansion strategy in institutions of higher education is in tandem with human capital development for sustainable quality-assurance. This paper examines this phenomenon and recommends a need for a more effective regulative framework for institutions of higher learning. It proposes that for proper quality structures to be in place, there is need for wide stakeholder consultations and a paradigm shift from process-based management to results-based initiatives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 09:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 09:39

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