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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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