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ADEA 2008 BIENNALE ON EDUCATION IN AFRICA: “ Beyond Primary Education”. Parallel Session 6D: Teacher Issues in Post – Primary Education St aff Retention & Links With the Diaspora Study By: Prof. Paschal B. Mihyo. Problem Statement. The study’s objectives were:

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Adea 2008 biennale on education in africa beyond primary education

ADEA 2008 BIENNALE ON EDUCATION IN AFRICA: “Beyond Primary Education”

Parallel Session 6D:

Teacher Issues in Post – Primary Education

Staff Retention & Links With the Diaspora Study

By:

Prof. Paschal B. Mihyo


Problem statement
Problem Statement

  • The study’s objectives were:

  • To examine the effects of staff capacity erosion on HEIs in Africa

  • Document the creative and innovative strategies adopted by HEIs to retain staff

  • Examine and document existing and potential links with highly skilled Africans in the Diaspora


Methodology
Methodology

  • 4 countries chosen on basis of regional and lingual representation

  • Open ended questionnaire

  • Telephone interviews KUNST &UCC

  • Face to face meetings UGL, GIMPA, KIST, NUR and UNZA

  • Informal meetings with staff KIST, NUR &UNZA

  • Separate study for Nigeria


Findings staff capacity erosion as a threat to reforms
Findings: Staff Capacity Erosion as A Threat to Reforms

  • Staff capacity erosion through turnover and brain drain

  • Funding: Education budgets had decreased

  • Policy frameworks are weak

  • Statistics in HEIs and policy units are weak

  • Wages are not competitive

  • Support for research is lacking

  • Promotion procedures are too long


Main lessons learned
Main Lessons Learned

  • Flexible system of recruitment help

  • Autonomy from government helps HEIs to develop policies that work

  • Staff support for research and advancement is critical

  • Teaming up with the Diaspora is helping and may help fill gaps

  • IT support is essential for research and improved delivery


Conclusions messages to policy makers
Conclusions: Messages to Policy Makers

  • Increase funding for HEIs

  • Fund research and staff development

  • Support respectable incomes for academic staff

  • Mobilize support through loans and guarantees of loans for IHE

  • Establish links with Diaspora organizations

  • Integrate higher education in poverty reduction strategies


Follow up activities planned
Follow up Activities Planned

  • WGHE Compendium of Diasporan Databases

  • Project to developing the next generation of Academics (PHEA)

  • Continuous advocacy and specific recommendations for institutions through AAU

  • Recommendations to COMEDAF through ADEA to AU and development partners



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