Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1939

Article in Press

The impact of good governance practice and its challenges on education quality in Ethiopian Public Universities with a particular emphasis on Jigjiga University

Getachew Mijana Sabu

  •  Received: 02 November 2019
  •  Accepted: 06 February 2020
Good Governance is about how citizens, leaders and public institutions relate to each other in order to make changes happen.Quality education and good governance are concepts needed to bring about healthy development ofa nation. Meaning, good governance promotes education quality. Indeed, quality education is a sure way to prepare individuals to render quality services to the nation sinceindividuals musthave acquired skills, knowledge and wherewithal to live in a pluralistic society such as ours. Therefore, good governance can be achieved by providing for the welfare of the people; recognizingthe feelings of the peopleand using the knowledgeandskills acquired to serve as a good citizen and representative of a community. Even though, realizing and practicing good governance has been tried in different public universities of Ethiopia through a centralized tools and assessments, findings about the challenges of good governance practice and its simultaneous impacts on education quality is not yet addressed. Therefore, this study is aimed to assess “the impact of good governance practice and its challenges on education quality in Jigjiga University. For this success, an explanatory research design and both quantitative and qualitative research approaches were applied to get substantial information and data from those randomly and purposefully selected respondents and key informants through questionnaires, interview, Focus Group Discusion and observation techniques. The data are presented through explanatory analysis methods in which percentage and narration are used a best tool. The study prevail that: 1) the 85% of good governance principles are rarely practiced and highly violated by those position holders/managers from top to down as of the 90% of their supportive/administrative staffs and 80% of academic staffs are gradually affected and follow the way of their leaders/managers at each units rather than practicing good governance. This paramount (100%) hasbeen affecting the process of education quality and its out comes as general. Generally, malpractice of good governance, incompatibility of staffs and managers, staffs job dissatisfaction, absence of financial freedom and dependency, the university’s tradition and its environment as well as policy limitations, are discovered being a barn door for the practice and development of good governance as well as the improvement of education quality in Jigjiga University. Understanding of staffs, participatory, government supervision, allowing private and None Governmental Organizations (NGO) and business institutions to sponsor the university, making it financially and politicallyautonomous could be recommended.

Keywords: Challenges, Education Quality, Ethiopia,Good Governance, Higher Education Institution, JigjigaUniversity, Practice