The number of students to be enlisted in public universities has increased by 10,000 compared to the previous year, according to the Ministry of Education.

ADDIS ABABA (ENA)―More than 136 thousand students are expected to join the 35 public universities in the country during the current academic year, to be stared after a couple of weeks, the Ministry of Education disclosed.

The number of students to be enlisted in these universities has increased by 10,000 compared to the previous year, Workneh Taffa, Communications Affairs Director at the Ministry of Education told ENA.

As the opening of classes drew close, the universities have been preparing for the 2009 (2016-2017) academic year.

“This year a total of 136,000 students will be enrolled in the institutes of higher learning in the country with an increase of 10,000 over the previous year. The universities have made all the necessary preparations to register students. Based on previous experience, the Ministry of Education and the universities have prepared all the necessary preparations to ensure quality education in the universities. The Ministry of Education had done its part to enable the universities to put in place a better teaching and learning environment in the universities.”

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The Director also noted that substantial amount of budget has been earmarked to ensure quality education in the universities.

“Thirty six billion Birr has been earmarked to ensure student friendly atmosphere in the universities by providing necessary educational materials and facilities including libraries, research laboratories and other infrastructural amenities necessary for promoting quality education.”

He also noted that necessary preparations have been made to deploy qualified instructors as a means of promoting quality education in the universities.

Workeneh added that a series of  trainings  focusing on quality education, good governance and major government policies have already been organized for teaching and, management staff and students of the institutes of higher learning from September 14-26, 2016.

Workneh   said   that a special attention is being given to effectively reduce the number of university drop outs which is more visible among female students.

Affirmative action’s targeting female students will be implemented by organizing tutorial classes and provision of financial support for needy students.

“A special attention is being given to effectively reduce the number of university drop outs which is far more visible among female students. Affirmative action’s targeting female university students will be implemented including arranging special tutorial classes for the students, financial support and addressing some of their specific needs.”

Ethiopia’s higher education infrastructure has mushroomed in the last 15 years, because of the huge investment the government spends on the sector.

In 2000, there were just two public universities, but since then the country has built 33 more, with plans for another 11 to be completed by next year.

Source: ENA
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