n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Barriers to university education, retention and graduate study for women in Tanzania : research essay

Volume 4, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


This study is premised on the assumption that women have comparatively limited access to university education in Tanzania, and that problems of access for women have implications for researchers, policy makers and decision-takers. Just as serious as the problem of women's initial entry into a university are the problems of the retention of women in university employment and graduate study. Other problems related to university access for women elsewhere - such as slower promotions in jobs, limited access to critical decision making, and low participation in university governance - also generally exist in Tanzania. The study assumes that there are hindrances to the educational advancement of women; that those hindrances affect different categories of women to varying degrees and, in recognition of that, the special problems affecting rural-based women and those aspiring to or taking science subjects need to be addressed.

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