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close this bookDistance Education in Engineering for Developing Countries - Education Research Paper No. 13 (DFID, 1995, 102 p.)
close this folderSection 3: Trends in education
View the document3.1. Education and training
View the document3.2. Increasing demands and expense
View the document3.3. New technology for distance education
View the document3.4. Financial implications
View the document3.5. Current usage
View the document3.6. The way ahead?

3.2. Increasing demands and expense

Demands on education systems are constantly increasing as the world's population grows and as people require ever more training to keep them abreast of technological changes. Traditional systems are becoming ever more expensive and cannot be used solely to deal with the increase in demand. This is partly because of the high costs involved and also because of the sheer logistics of educating such large numbers. Tertiary education in the three countries studied is a case in point: the proportion of students in relation to the population is much lower than, for example, in most European countries, yet each year there is a huge over-subscription for places in higher education with thousands of very well qualified Czechs, Sri Lankans and Zimbabweans being refused places. If this demand is to be met cost-effectively other methods of delivery will have to be considered.