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Application of Manpower Requirement Approach to Educational Planning in Developing Countries


Manpower requirement approach to educational planning gained widespread use in the 1960s and 1970s to project the manpower needs of the newly independent African countries after long period of European domination, oppression and exploitation. There was enthusiasm among these countries to develop indigenous manpower to develop their own economies. Based on this approach education systems are designed to respond to the quantity of manpower and skills required by each sector of the country’s economy .This paper shows the stages employed by educational planners following this methodology, its application in selected developing countries, the problems it faces and appropriate recommendations. The paper was exclusively developed on the account of existing secondary sources on the dominant theme; namely books, articles, legal policy statements among others.

Wafula Samuel Mabele

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