International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 226

Full Length Research Paper

Breaking the fetters of Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

Moses Kumi Asamoah1*
  • Moses Kumi Asamoah1*
  • 1Department of Adult Education and Human Resource Studies (School of Continuing and Distance Education) University of Ghana, Legon, P.O Box LG 25 Legon, Ghana
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Eva Esi Mackin2
  • Eva Esi Mackin2
  • 2Department of Distance Education, School of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana, Legon, P.O Box LG 25 Legon, Ghana
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  •  Received: 09 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 20 February 2015
  •  Published: 28 February 2015


Higher education institutions (HEI) are established to address human resource needs by producing graduates with the relevant knowledge, skills and attitude for the labour market and improving the country’s ability to maximize its long-term economic, social and political developments. The fetters of higher education are the challenges bedeviling its growth and development. This paper focuses on appropriate technology and innovations needed to break these fetters. Desktop research was used for data collection and textual analysis was deployed to analyze data. Results showed there were inadequate skilled lecturers, poor mentorship scheme, inequitable access, irrelevant curriculum, scarcity of lecture halls, inadequate research initiative and low ICT-mediated education. It is recommended that learner-centred  and a problem-based instructions must be adopted, lecturers should be mentored  and trained in  the art and skill of teaching;  assessment method must challenge  students to perform at higher cognitive level of understanding,  ICT- driven education should be adopted to impact  equitable access, quality and cost of education.

Key words: Education, Sub-Saharan Africa, higher educational institutions, universities.