Varsities becoming a women’s world - Survey

Males opt for early jobs or prefer to follow professional courses
By Damith Wickremasekara

More females are gaining admission to national universities than males, over the past few years, an analysis by the Higher Education Ministry has revealed.

The latest analysis on university admissions for the year 2009-2010 shows that 12,531 (58.92%) females were selected to universities, as against 9,016 (41.08%) males. In the previous years a similar trend has been observed.

In 2008 -2009, of the 20,846 students who gained admission, 12,017 (57.07%) were females and 8,829 (42.03%) were males, Higher Education Ministry Students’ Affairs Director Keerthi Mawellage said.

In 2008-2009, of the 6,693 students selected for the Arts faculties, 5,179 (77.04%) were females while only 1,514 (22.06%) males were selected. However, in the same period, the trend was different in other faculties.

Of the 4,337 selected for the Commerce faculty, 2,388 (55.00%) were females, while 1,949 (45.00%) were males. Of the 5,323 selected for Biology, 3,339 (62.07%) were females and 1,984 (37.03%) males.
For Physical Science there were more male students during that academic year, with 3,382 entrants (75.03%) and 1,111 (24.07%) females.

In 2007-2008, of the 20,069 selected, 11,584 (57.72%) were females and 8,485 (43.28%) were males.
Mr. Mawellage said the analysis showed that many males opted for early employment and enlisted in other educational programmes or followed professional courses, instead of following a Degree programme, where a delay in obtaining a Degree could hamper their plans.

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