Perceptions of funding higher education: a comparative study of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland
Simelane, Salebona Sicelo (2007) Perceptions of funding higher education: a comparative study of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Inadequate funding of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa is a perennial problem. The inadequacy of financial resources is undermining the efforts of universities to produce educated citizens to engage in productive careers. Public universities' reliance on their governments for funding when there are many competing needs for public resources calls for attention. This thesis is an exploration of perceptions of university academics and administrators and government officials of current and future strategies for funding higher education in the small Commonwealth countries: Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. A combination of human capital and social capital theories was used as a guide for the development of this study. It is a qualitative study whose data were collected through semi-structured interviews and document analysis between March and June 2005. The data were analysed using a thematic comparative method.
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