This paper identiï¬es the twin problems of higher education ï¬nancing in Africa—inadequate resources and poor use of existing resources—and traces them to the preponderance of free, public tertiary education in most countries, despite a weak economic rationale for such an approach and unintended consequences of inequitable access and politicization of higher education.
It proposes a reform of higher education ï¬nance based on principles of rationalizing government’s role, taking into account the politics of such reforms and the institutional changes needed for a well functioning system of tertiary education in Africa.
Sadly I barely have time to eat my breakfast this week, so I won’t be able to comment. But there is a lively debate in the comments section over at Shanta’s blog. Recommended.