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Volume One                                                                   Winter 1997-Spring 1998                                                               Numbers 1-2.

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    AFRICA's DIPLOMA DISEASE: DIAGNOSIS OF OUT-OF-SEQUENCE EDUCATION

         

    Fidel Ezeala-Harrison

   Associate Professor of Economics

   University of New Brunswick

   Saint John, New Brunswick

   Canada E2L 4L5

    Published online: December 15, 2016

 

    ABSTRACT

 

After nearly 40 years of rapid pursuits of educational expansion in most African countries, only cultural alienation and massive unemployment and underemployment of the educated seem to be all that have been achieved. Now that the "diploma disease" has become a major development policy bottleneck in Africa, the question has arisen as to whether the process of formal educa­tion as an instrument of socio-economic development has not, indeed, failed in Africa. This article examines the underlying structural factors to this problem: the nature of pedagogy, instruction, and curriculum. It assesses their suitability within the socioeconomic milieu of the African society and offers short-term and long-term policy suggestions.

 

 

 

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