This paper focuses on the expansion of teacher education and the efforts to
introduce universal primary education (UPE) in Africa. It also looks at the need
for an adequate supply of primary school teachers. With specifi c reference to the
expansion of teacher education in Kenya after independence, and the country’s
issues regarding quality education, it shows that the poor supply of teachers in most
African countries, following the introduction of free primary education, has more to
do with (among other factors) the ad hoc manner in which UPE programmes were
introduced, structural adjustment programmes (SAPs), and the teachers’ wage bill,
rather than the inadequacy of inherited systems of teacher education.
Proceedings of the 5th biennial International Conference on Distance Education and
Teachers’ Training in Africa (DETA) held at the University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, 30 July - 1 August 2013.