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What does education statistics tell us about the issues of gender in education?

I may have some knowledge on the list of current issues in education but I would like a specific description of the issues of gender in education. Gender perspective focuses on the effect of gender on the opportunities available to people, their interactions and social roles. Implementation of policies, project and programmes goals in national and international organizations depends partly on the effect of gender issues in education. This in turn influences the social development process. According to education statistics, gender therefore plays an essential part in social, economic and day to day lives of people in the society. Education must therefore be affected by gender as well.

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Jodi Brooks on February 14, 2018

The very first among issues of gender in education is the need to institutionalize programs in a bid to address equality across countries. While many school districts have tried to make gender equity part of their education’s fiber, there has been an equally resisting pressure. In spite of working on various gender issues—be it young boys-related issues or African American girls achievement, gender equity has not yet been the fiber of our institutions of education. There’s still need to work toward the goal.

Another issue that is emerging is that the girl child is being empowered at the expense of the boy child. There’s a greater concern about the issue of the boy child and the need to empower young boys. It is said that schools have become female oriented and that the boy has not been given equal attention. Need of the boys on the playground in terms of harassment and bullying and in the classroom, are therefore emerging issues.

Moreover, statistics in education show that the access and use of technology, science and math are not equitable in schools. While there has been increase in availability of computers and standards that guide their use, young girls are found to be using computers in limited ways for communication. In addition, studies have proved that boys utilize technology for deep problem-solving. Boys look at computers as incredible equipment that can make new things and figure out great issues. Girls, on the contrary, see it as a tool for accessing Facebook among other social media sites.

Another essential issue is pre-service teachers in colleges. Some places have been deeply caught up in the testing movement that there has been a bare acknowledgment of gender equity as a list of emerging issues in education. Teachers going to the field need to deeply understand what happened to them when they were students so that they can be in a position to address their students’ needs with regards to gender.

A study has found that creative arts and English teachers tend to give female students higher grades than male students for equal performance. On the other hand, science and mathematics teachers tend to award higher grades to male students than female students for equal performance. Though we may not be sure how this occurrence is prevalent, but it is surely a possible truth to some extent. It is evident that there are various areas that present gender issues in education.

Jessie Thompsona year ago

I will respond to your post above by quoting Nelson Mandela by saying that education is the most powerful tool which we can use to change the world. Among the list of current issues in education, gender inequality is found in different degrees in most communities around the world. In Pakistan, for instance, gender issues in education has its roots to all corners of the nation. Women are viewed as illiterate when compared to men and this has led to other issues. There are fewer women participating in the labor force and are not expected to help in social and economic development since they are seen as uneducated-which most of them are. Due to these inequalities, girls have been restricted to household matters. In the same way as Pakistan, large gender gaps exist in accessing education and learning in other countries’ settings. Most often gender inequality is at the expense of girls while boys are disadvantaged sometimes. In spite of the progress the education statistics are still worrying, according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics, sixteen million girls will never go to school while two thirds of the illiterate seven hundred and fifty million adults are women.


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