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Title:Critical issues in female performance at the University of Dar es Salaam 2004-2010: role models and lessons for the future
Author:Ngaiza, Magdalena K.
Year:2012
Periodical:Utafiti (ISSN 0856-096X)
Volume:9
Issue:1
Pages:74-98
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:universities
gender discrimination
women students
sexual offences
Link:https://www.ossrea.net/publications/images/utafiti_vol_1_no_12.pdf#page=82
Abstract:An overview of the feminist and gender history of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is provided and the academic achievements of female students is analysed, using faculty statistics for the period 2006-2010. Records show that 10.1% of female students were high achievers. Performance data for other students indicate that the distribution of various performance levels is normal. More than half of all female students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), but significant numbers can now be found in all other colleges, including those of engineering and science. Since the establishment of UDSM in 1961 there have been a number of sexual offence cases, some of which handled in favour of men. Recently, UDSM has adopted a Gender Policy and an Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy. Critical factors in the academic life of female students include role models and aptitude, gender stereotypes, female-male student relations, marriage responsibilities, and poverty. To improve female student performance the author recommends: 1. female mentoring facilities; 2. courses taught by two professors; 3. policies for gender-neutral thesis and dissertation supervision; and 4. sensitizing female students to work for higher grades to improve their employment prospects. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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