Cost of Higher Education Compared to Average Income of Kenyans

Macharia, Francis and Ibua, mary (2010) Cost of Higher Education Compared to Average Income of Kenyans. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, 2010, KICC.

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This study was undertaken to establish how the cost of education is a hindrance to accessing higher education and to establish the difference in the cost of higher education and the average income of Kenyans. A sample of 1,630 respondents was randomly picked from public universities in Kenya, collaborating colleges, lecturers and administrators. Only a total of 484 responded to the questionnaires. The sample was deemed adequate for the analysis. The study employed a Survey Methodology with Constructivism as Epistemology Underpinning the Study. The data collecting instruments were Questionnaires and Interviews. The data was analysed qualitatively and quantitatively with the aid of SPSS Program. The study found out that the cost of higher education still remains high to Self-Sponsored Students. However, Self-Sponsored Students comprise a higher percentage in enrolments in the universities today. The research also found out that the poor are disadvantaged in meeting this cost. The study further established that the cost of living also varies between Module I and II Degree Programmes. The study recommended that the Government should make efforts to sponsor Module II Programmes Students. Secondly, the universities should not peg admissions to bed capacity, or alternatively they should expand their accommodation facilities to accommodate Module II Programmes Students. This will help the universities to monitor the high costs and other expenses. The savings would enable students access education that they would otherwise not have attained.

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
Research > Research by Staff and Faculty
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 13:06
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015 12:23

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