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Title:Female Marginalization in Vocational and Technical Education in Kenya: A Case Study
Author:Ngau, Margaret M.
Year:1999
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:15
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:55-77
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:technical education
vocational education
women's education
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Health and Nutrition
Education and Training
Labor and Employment
education
gender discrimination
Abstract:Because of their underrepresentation in science and technology-based subjects, women in Kenya are likely to become increasingly marginalized and possibly excluded from the mainstream of national development. Based on the results of a survey of seven institutes of technology, recent literature, and Government of Kenya policy papers and reports, this article analyses the factors that lead to female marginalization in vocational and technical education in Kenya. These can be grouped into three categories: sociocultural (gender stereotypes and roles, girls' attitudes, family pressures), institutional (admission criteria which favour boys, a legacy of poor support for female education, insecurity in schools and colleges, peer pressure, the negative attitude of managers towards women trainees and qualified females in job recruitment, the lack of effective school and college career guidance programmes), and national economic (lack of sufficient job opportunities, frequent inability of parents to pay for the education of all their children). Bibliogr., sum.
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