The Quota System of Education and its Influence on National Unity: A Study of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa
Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2014, Pages: 278-292
Received: Aug. 8, 2014;
Accepted: Aug. 21, 2014;
Published: Sep. 20, 2014
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Joseph Karani Kataka, Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya; Department of ICT, Thika Technical Training Institute, Thika, Kenya
The aim of this study was to try and establish the influence of the quota system of education in Kenya on national unity. The study’s target population was four thousand one hundred and seventy one (4171), and the sample of four hundred and thirty (432), who include three hundred and ninety one (391) learners and forty nine (49) lecturers from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The study employed a combination of descriptive survey and naturalistic design, employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches in research. The instruments of data collection were the questionnaire and interview guide to enhance comprehensive data collection. Statistical procedures were used to sort, analyze and summarize the data into frequencies and percentages. The qualitative data generated in the research was analyzed thematically. Analysis was done using Microsoft Word (a word processing program) and two statistical analysis software PSPP and R. From the research findings, on the quota system of education and its influence on national unity, the researcher was able to identify the following: teacher employment, student selection process and poverty as factors leading to minimal or lack of student / teacher interaction with other cultures and exposure to different environments giving rise to closed societies, closed cultures and teachers who are not globally exposed. These factors may give rise to a closed individual who might end up not being fully acculturated to different environments lacking the necessary skills to foster harmony in society.
Joseph Karani Kataka,
The Quota System of Education and its Influence on National Unity: A Study of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Education Journal.
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