An Assessment of the Implementation of Cost Sharing in Higher Education: Focusing on Jimma and Addis Ababa University

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study was to investigate the practice problems and prospects with the implementation of cost sharing in HE. The subjects for this study were 340 students, 88 CSAs and 10 CSCs taken from a total population of 13) 036 student population, 88 CSAs and 10 CSCs respectively. From these respondents data were gathered using questionnaires and interview. Then the data collected were analyzed using frequency, percentage) mean) chi-square and spearman rank correlation coefficient. The findings of this study revealed that little has been done to create deep understanding about the need, purpose and advantages of cost sharing in HE. The study also shown that, there was a gap between the primary intentions of cost sharing and its actual practices. The findings further revealed that) the absence of coordination among the cost sharing management bodies and inability of HEIS to create appropriate mechanisms for cost sharing management have exacerbated the problems more. Attempts were also made to identify major factors that have impeded the effective implementation of cost sharing in HE. Accordingly, problems related to students, mode of implementation and mechanism of management, absence of clear ruses and regulations on the implementation of the scheme were found to be the primary factors. There for, it is possible to conclude that majority of respondents have no problem with need for cost sharing rather with its implementation practice. Finally, in quest to reach the goals of revenue diversification in HE, it requires a paradigm shift in the implementation practices of cost sharing scheme such as educating the students and public so as win their will and commitment.



Cost Sharing in Higher Education