Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ethiopia Bans Distance Education, Cracks Down on Private Universities

The directive has drawn outrage from private educators.
Wondwosen Tamrat founded St. Mary's College in Addis Ababa 11 years ago with 37 students. Today St. Mary's has 7,000 undergraduate students on its main campus and more than 10,000 others enrolled in a nationwide distance learning program. He says the new directive will undo all the good the government did 15 years ago when it overturned a ban on private education that had been in effect during the rule of the Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam."They are spoiling what they have already done," added Wondwosen. Education Ministry spokesman Abera Abate has a different perspective. “The directive was issued in the interest of maintaining education standards. Several private institutions were more interested in profit making than in providing quality education, he said . Read more...


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