Concerns over low university enrolment

Academics have expressed concerns over East Africa’s low university enrolment levels, writes Gashegu Muramira for The New Times. Experts made the observation during a stakeholder meeting to validate the draft East African qualification framework that kicked off in Kampala, Uganda, organised by the Inter-University Council for East Africa.

"As we speak today, East Africa has the lowest enrolment rate of students not only in Africa, but the whole world. This is really worrying," said Mohammed Kerre, a development consultant. "It is hard for the region to increase industrialisation and build knowledge-based economies with very few students enrolling for university education," he added.

For this trend to be reversed, Kerre advised East African governments to significantly increase investment in education and strike a balance between enhancing basic education and higher education.
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