Yıl 2015, Cilt 16, Sayı 2, Sayfalar 94 - 110 2015-04-03

CAUSES OF LOW STUDENT ENROLMENT AT THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY’S HARARE-CHITUNGWIZA REGION FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2013

David BISHAU [1] , Wellington SAMKANGE [2]

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The focus on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) has given people an alternative to acquiring
and developing skills in areas of their choice especially those related to their jobs. While its
introduction was met with different responses, it could be noted that in some cases ODL has
been viewed with scepticism and in others it has been received with excitement and hope.
Such euphoria and hope has in some instances contributed to an increase in enrolment in
higher institutions of higher learning that offer the ODL model. However, these high
enrolments have not been sustained in the case of the Zimbabwe Open University, Harare-
Chitungwiza Region. There has been a decline in enrolments over the past five years.
This study sought to identify the causes of low student enrolment at the Zimbabwe Open
University’s (ZOU) Harare- Chitungwiza Region was conducted. The study used the
qualitative research methodology, guided by the grounded theory paradigm as it sought to
answer the questions about ‘why’. Data were collected through open-ended questionnaires,
interviews, participant observation and through the social medium. The data were collected
from current students, inactive students and alumni. Data were analysed through open
coding and axial coding. The study concluded that there was a causal relationship between
student enrolments at the Zimbabwe Open University’s Harare-Chitungwiza Region and a
number of causal factors and conditions. The main causal factors were knowledge about
ZOU and the Region, the ODL mode of delivery, the ZOU image, policy changes on payment
of fees and negative media reports about ZOU. The study recommends strategies that would
help improve the ZOU image.

Enrolments, Open and Distance Learning, Causal conditions
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Bibtex @ { tojde176909, journal = {Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education}, issn = {1302-6488}, address = {Anadolu Üniversitesi}, year = {2015}, volume = {16}, pages = {94 - 110}, doi = {10.17718/tojde.00843}, title = {CAUSES OF LOW STUDENT ENROLMENT AT THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY’S HARARE-CHITUNGWIZA REGION FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2013}, key = {cite}, author = {SAMKANGE, Wellington and BISHAU, David} }
APA BISHAU, D , SAMKANGE, W . (2015). CAUSES OF LOW STUDENT ENROLMENT AT THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY’S HARARE-CHITUNGWIZA REGION FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2013. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 16 (2), 94-110. DOI: 10.17718/tojde.00843
MLA BISHAU, D , SAMKANGE, W . "CAUSES OF LOW STUDENT ENROLMENT AT THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY’S HARARE-CHITUNGWIZA REGION FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2013". Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education 16 (2015): 94-110 <http://dergipark.gov.tr/tojde/issue/16947/176909>
Chicago BISHAU, D , SAMKANGE, W . "CAUSES OF LOW STUDENT ENROLMENT AT THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY’S HARARE-CHITUNGWIZA REGION FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2013". Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education 16 (2015): 94-110
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ISNAD BISHAU, David , SAMKANGE, Wellington . "CAUSES OF LOW STUDENT ENROLMENT AT THE ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY’S HARARE-CHITUNGWIZA REGION FOR THE PERIOD 2008-2013". Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education 16 / 2 (Nisan 2015): 94-110. http://dx.doi.org/10.17718/tojde.00843