Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review
International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review
Vol. 2(6), pp. 129-140, July, 2014.
Full Length Research
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.
*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.