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Quality of learning facilities and learning environment: Challenges for teaching and learning in Kenya's public universities

Mwangi Ndirangu (Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Management, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya)
Maurice O. Udoto (Department of Agricultural Education & Extension, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 12 July 2011




The purpose of this article is to report findings on the perceptions of quality of educational facilities in Kenyan public universities, and the implications for teaching/learning, and the learning environment.


The study adopted an exploratory descriptive design. A total of 332 and 107 undergraduate students and academic staff respectively from five public universities were randomly selected to participate in the study. The questionnaire was used for data collection.


The quality of the library, online resources and lecture facilities provided by Kenyan public universities did not meet quality measures of adequacy. They were unable to support the desired educational programmes effectively and facilitate the development of learning environments that support students and teachers in achieving their goals. The facilities were the antithesis of healthy and secure facilities that can provide a stimulating/inspirational setting for the users, critical measures of quality facilities.

Research limitations/implications

The study investigated the quality of learning resources from the perspectives of students and academic staff. Other stakeholders could have given additional perspectives not reported here.

Practical implications

Perceptions of quality of facilities indicated in this study show the need for university managers to focus on the improvement of the same if the quality of learning and learning environment were to be improved.

Social implications

Kenya's public universities can only develop the right calibre of manpower to meet the country's future needs by providing physical and other facilities that promote rigorous scholarship.


Improvement in quality of educational facilities is important for all interested in enhancing student learning and learning environment anywhere.



Ndirangu, M. and Udoto, M.O. (2011), "Quality of learning facilities and learning environment: Challenges for teaching and learning in Kenya's public universities", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 208-223.



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