n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Gender disparity in course offering and graduate output in Nigeria : a case study of the university of Lagos : 2003-2008

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The paper examined gender disparity in course offerings, particularly in science related areas of study, using the University of Lagos as a case study. The main sources of data included Joint Matriculation Examination Admission lists for five years, the order of proceedings for convocation from 2003-2008, covering all faculties and national statistics of education (Federal Ministry of Education, 1999-2005). The student enrolment disaggregated by course of study and gender was used to compute respective percentages and/or proportions. The findings showed the fact that girls were very much concentrated in the so-called female traditional subject areas of liberal arts and a disproportionate few were found in Engineering, Medicine, and Law, Female enrolment in Mathematics, Science and Technology appears insignificant in view of the national focus on science and technology as the key to development. A discussion of factors militating against women's education, particularly in science, was undertaken and some solutions proffered.

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