Female Participation in Higher Education: Is it an Impossible Dream

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2002-07
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PCF2 // Results of a gender baseline survey carried out by the Secondary School Teacher Education Project (SSTEP) in November 2000 revealed that males dominated the enrolment rate of institutions of higher learning in Malawi. For example, conventional program at Domasi College of Education (DCE) has 390 male and 150 female bed spaces, respectively. However, the bed space in the female halls of residence is sometimes not filled or utilised due to less number of females that qualify for various programs at the ollege. // Disparities in literacy enrolment are generally attributed to such factors as unavailability of bed space and lack of required entry qualifications. Nevertheless, the Secondary School Teacher Education Project (SSTEP), a distance education program at the college funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has managed to enroll about 36% females. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the college, more female students joined the faculty of science than has been the case with the conventional program. Domasi College of Education’s challenge is now to sustain all the females in the program. // This paper provides strides that Domasi College of Education has made in addressing gender gap at the college. It also examines other possible ways of further bridging the gap, providing counselling services, and giving extra support to female students as well as male students at risk. //

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