ERIC Number: EJ1005212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Public University Entry in Ghana: Is It Equitable?
Yusif, Hadrat; Yussof, Ishak; Osman, Zulkifly
International Review of Education, v59 n1 p7-27 Jun 2013
Public universities in Ghana are highly subsidised by the central government and account for about 80 per cent of university students in the country. Yet issues of fairness in terms of entry into the public university system have so far hardly been addressed. To find out whether participation in public university education is equitable, the authors of this paper carried out a binary logistic regression analysis. Individual data were collected from 1,129 (614 male and 515 female) final year senior high school (SHS) students for the 2009 cohort. The authors measured student, father and mother characteristics likely to influence admission to a public university. The results show that the major predictors of public university entry are students' academic ability, quality of SHS attended and number of siblings. This seems to suggest that there is a significant bias in the selection of students from different socio-economic groups for admission to highly subsidised public universities. The implication is that public financing of university education in Ghana may not be equitable.
Descriptors: College Admission, Public Colleges, Equal Education, High School Students, Student Characteristics, Family Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Academic Ability, Siblings, Educational Quality, Regression (Statistics), Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana