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Academia Journal of Scientific Research 8(2): 072-080, February 2020
DOI: 10.15413/ajsr.2020.0501
ISSN: 2315-7712
2020 Academia Publishing 

Abstract


Student leadership and governance in public management development institutes of Uganda: Tokenism or effective participation?
 

Accepted 19th February, 2020

Christopher S. Mayanja

Uganda Management Institute – Plot 44-52 Jinja Road, Kampala – P. O. Box 20131 Kampala, Uganda.
 

 

Globally, there are recurring debates on student participation in the echelons of higher educational institutions. The essence of student participation in institutional leadership and governance is mainly to foster decision-making. Indeed, many developing countries, Uganda inclusive, have over the years promoted student participation in leadership and governance following from the global Agenda. Higher educational institutions ensure student representation on the governing councils, senate, top management, Alumni Associations, Students’ Guild, among others. These organs are constituted by a blend of representation, some of which have student representatives, while the Students’ Guild is entirely constituted of student leaders with its main mandate being submission of student issues for consideration of management and supreme bodies. However, there is still ineffective student participation in leadership and governance of higher educational institutions in the world in general and specifically in Uganda. The study investigated the effectiveness of student participation in leadership and governance of higher educational institutions, taking a case of Uganda Management Institute, where the Ladder for Citizen Participation model was used to support deriving meanings and understandings from the participants’ experiences and stories. The findings show that student participation in leadership and governance is still facing a lot of challenges including: not being allotted sufficient space to air out their views in the decision-making process; being overwhelmed by demands from their student constituents; facing and convincing more qualified and experienced leaders with whom they pursue leadership and governance in higher educational institutions. The study further found out that though emphasis has over the years been put on student participation in leadership and governance of higher education institutions, it is rather ineffective. However, the study found out that there is some level of participation by students in leadership and governance in higher education institutions; they therefore belong to higher strands on the Ladder for Citizens Participation. In conclusion therefore, though there is an attempt towards student participation in higher education leadership and governance in Uganda, it is rather ineffective. This implies that it is at the tokenism strand of the Ladders for Citizen Participation model.

Key words: Student leadership, governance, participation, tokenism, higher education.
 

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Mayanja CS (2020). Student leadership and governance in public management development institutes of Uganda: Tokenism or effective participation?. Acad. J. Sci. Res. 8(2): 072-080.

 

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