The Abandoned Agenda: The Issue of Quality in Private Distance Education Colleges in Mertulemariam Town
Keywords:Distance education, Private distance education, Quality education
This case study explores the status of quality in private distance education colleges in Mertulemariam town, Ethiopia. Employing qualitative case study design, data were collected from 13 distance education learners, and four college coordinators were selected using snowball sampling and convenience sampling, respectively. Semi-structured interview guides, observation, documents, and informal discussion/conversation were data collecting tools. The findings revealed that there was a positive perception of DE. Modules (below the expected quality) were the only instruments used to provide education. There were no sufficient support systems provided to students. The education process faced different problems, and the expected outcome was found at a lower level. The role of the government in controlling the quality of education was found low. Consequently, the private college owners were working for profit than contributing to producing qualified human resources in the world of work. In addressing these problems, the government can establish strong support and control system to assure the quality of education. The private owners of the colleges also need to provide due attention to the quality of education beyond the profit gained from the system.
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