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Title:Identification of factors contributing to gender disparity in an Ethiopian university
Author:Semela, TesfayeISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:women students
gender inequality
higher education
Sex differences in education
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v023/23.2semela.pdf
Abstract:This study identifies factors that underpin gender disparity in participation in higher education at Debub University, a public university in Awassa, Ethiopia. Data were generated using a semi-structured interview with 20 female undergraduates and quantitative information obtained from the University's Registrar Office. The results show that enrolment has increased in absolute numbers while female dismissal rates soared alarmingly between 2000/01-2004/05. Some of the core issues identified as contributing to gender disparity include: socio-psychological factors and problems related to interpersonal relationships conditioned by the university environment, inadequate provision of academic guidance and counselling support, and financial and health problems. To bridge the gender disparity in participation, the paper recommends intervention strategies aimed at bolstering academic achievement and a positive self-concept among female students. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]