Students Perception on Effective Students Participatory Systems in Institutional Governance

Authors : Misheck Samakao

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 12 - December

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Students participation in institutions of higher learning has been associated with positive student’s outcomes such as increased levels of satisfaction, positive civic development, active positive public life and prosocial behaviour.However, the colonial educational management system comes with a type of student participation that only looks at formal representative structures such as student’s unions or guild executives and formal institutional governance structures where one or two students are elected to represent their colleagues in form of sitting on some university governance structures. The majority of students populous strongly feel this kind of colonial student’s governance system does not adequately provide a true reflection of student’s participation in the management of modern education systems hence the continuation of antisocial conduct that tend to disrupt the peaceful learning environment in terms of class boycotts, demonstrations and riots. Eventually, this leads to a compromised quality of education systems. The purpose of the study therefore was to explore what constituted student’s participation using student’s lenses. The significance of the study was that it established the existing gaps in the current participatory structures and proposed a suitable students participatory model that offers solutions to the problem of participation. The study used a qualitative methodological design within an explorative perspective view. Data was collected using semi-structured questionnaires and focused group discussions, reviews of literature and observations. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data and the results were presented using thematic designs. The study established that there existed a wide gap between the majority students and the union leadership and also between management and the student’s majority groupings. A decentralised model of student’s participatory system was proposed that would offer more informal and formal structures to increased student’s participation in decision making process.

Keywords : Student Participation, Decisions Making, Antisocial Behaviour, Higher Education, Decolonisation, Education System, Students Representations, Decentralisation’s.


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