Universities urged to increase enrolment numbers

Ten years ago, the then Makerere University chancellor, Professor Apolo Nsibambi, urged universities in East Africa to prepare for the increasing demand for higher education. He has not veered from that position, but his advice has not been embraced by other institutions, writes Moses Talemwa for The Observer.

A recent report by the Turkey-based World Bulletin cites statistics published by Professor Mayunga Nkunya, executive secretary for the Inter-University Council for East Africa, who says there are 720,000 students in East Africa's 178 universities. According to this study, only 4.2% of youths in the 18-25 age bracket have access to university education, while 6.4% are enrolled in non-university tertiary training institutions.

"These enrolment rates are not only the lowest in Africa, but [the lowest] in the world," said Nkunya. "Education [officials] and stakeholders, as well as policy-makers, must address this crisis."
Full report on the All Africa site