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International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

Vol. 2(6), pp. 129-140, July, 2014.

ISSN: 2360-7866

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2014.020


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Student population growth in the Colleges/ Faculties of the Sciences of higher learning Institutes in Ethiopia: itís effect on quality education


Solomon Melesse, Assi. Prof. in C&I *


Faculty of Education & Behavioral Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

E-mail: slmnntsnt@yahoo.com.

*Mobile: +251 918784190.


Accepted 3 July 2014



Cognizant of the decisive role education plays to speed up the overall socio-economic progress of the country, the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has given a high priority to education in its strategy of capacity building and economic development. Since the issuance of the Education and Training Policy, efforts have been made to improve higher education in quality and accessibility. The present study, therefore, tried to investigate the effect of student population growth on quality education. Specifically, it focuses on the effect of student population growth on the selection and utilization of different teaching-learning methodologies, instructional facilities selection and utilization, student-teacher interaction, studentsí academic achievement at BDU, the College of Sciences. This study was carried out on randomly selected instructors and first year students of the College of Sciences, BDU. The total number of instructors was 132 of whom 130 were males and 2 were females. The total number of studentsí was 795 of whom 240 were females and 555 were males. The major data gathering instruments were open and closed ended questionnaire, document analysis, and classroom observation checklists. The results indicated that over crowdedness of students in a class in the College of Sciences brought with it lack of uninstructed-student interaction, lack of teaching-learning facilities, lack of using a variety of instructional strategies, difficulty of using alternative assessment techniques and failure for assessing students on a regular bases, difficulty of proper classroom management, low student participation in the teaching-learning process and low student academic achievement. This paper, therefore, proposes means and ways of minimizing negative repercussions that student population growth brings to quality education provision in the College of Sciences of Bahir Dar University.

Keywords: Higher Learning Institutes, Quality Education, student population growth, class size, College of Sciences, Effect




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