Factors influencing enrollment of students in the Bachelor of Education (Arts) by distance studies at the University of Nairobi
The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that influence the enrolment in B. Ed (Arts) programme in distance learning at the University of Nairobi. Distance learning is often described as the formalized learning received while the student is on a location outside the university campus. Both the teacher and student are expected to have minimal physical contact, but much reliance on electronic communication and independent studying. The study investigated the flexibility of distance learning, affordability of the programme, personal development and continuity of education after the programme factor. The researcher employed descriptive survey design in which both qualitative and quantitative data were obtained. The target population of the study were the Bachelor of Education (Arts) by distance learning students in the University of Nairobi that were continuing with their studies in the year 2012. Data collection was done by use of structured questionnaires. Analysis of data was done using descriptive statistics for quantitative data while qualitative information was analysed thematically according to the objectives .and presented inform of averages, range and percentages and presented in tables using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17. The results indicated that flexibility of distance education increased the enrolment rates, affordability was also widely considered by potential distance learners before they joined. The effect on their personal development was also a factor that contributed as well as the provision for continuity after completing B.Ed (Arts). The researcher recommends that the University of Nairobi make fees payments more flexible, the government should also enhance affordability by giving loans to distance learners through Higher Education Loans Board.