Creating a new form of gender inequality

  • Letters
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

THANKS to the progress of the nation so far, we are first world enough to raise children to be gender equals, and more so now than ever.

However, the efforts by nucleus families across the country to raise children to be gender equals are being challenged, and this matter demands the finer side of our Education Ministry to handle.

The issue starts at the Education Ministry where annual school performance statistics reported for national examinations discriminate between boys and girls. One may ask how a simple statistical analysis like this could cause harm. It can when the schools apply quotas for male and female students for entry into better performing classes.

At least this much of the iceberg is visible, but it would be inaccurately speculative if such quotas are also used for computing the national examination results and admission into local universities.

So, right from the school level, boys are being conveniently allowed to hide under the skirt of the male quotas, which the Education Ministry has created for male students in the cohort to get into the better performing classes in school and even universities.

This leads to the following pertinent questions: “Would men who are a product of the implementation of such a gender quota continue to discriminate against their female counterparts in the workforce because of their sense of entitlement to the quota, i.e. their birthright as males? Should female students continue to be discriminated against by having to live with a “glass ceiling” that is raised higher by the fact that male students in her cohort are performing worse than them but then there is this quota to fill for the latter?

The female would be more resilient, of course, because she has the bar raised for her, and thanks to the motivation of great fathers, mothers and brothers out there, she might turn out pretty fine.

But how would the male become resilient when he gets into the best class or course without putting in much effort? And isn’t this stepping back into gender inequality?

Co-ed schools are segregating students into classes by their learning performance, which is measured by examination marks. Using a quota system for males and females is just an excuse by the teaching workforce who fail to understand the learning differences between male and female students.

Our education system seems to be implying that our male students are intellectually challenged compared to their female counterparts, and thus there is a need to practise a gender quota that favours the former to enable them to get into the better classes in school and courses in institutes of higher learning.

What we should be working towards is building resilience in both genders and preventing a vicious cycle of gender bias being instilled from the grassroots.

As for families across the country, even if the system wants to change, it will take time to do so. Brace yourselves for this new form of gender inequality.


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