Higher education failing to challenge inequity – Report

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to move their tertiary education systems from highly elitist to mass-based when compared with other regions in the world, according to a new World Bank study.

According to the report Sharing Higher Education’s Promise Beyond the Few in Sub-Saharan Africa , released on 31 October, international experience suggests that university education often starts off being biased towards the elite but as it expands it becomes more equitable. This has not been the case in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Subsequently, the selection process has remained based on persistent and systemic social and economic inequities and disparities dictated by […]