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Title: GENDER IMBALANCE IN SCHOOL ENROLMENT IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF EDO STATE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNSELLING
Authors: Henrietta, I.A
Keywords: Gender, Imbalance, Enrolment, School Access.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: BENIN JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES
Series/Report no.: 1;2
Abstract: Gender imbalance in school enrolment occurs whenever there is a disparity in the access of males and females to education. The obvious disparity between boys and girls is found in overall enrolment. In Nigeria the gender gap favouring boys in school enrolment, has been found to be consistently high. Some Nigerian parents tend to give priority to the schooling of boys rather than girls especially in large families where funds are insufficient. Gender imbalance in school enrolment in Nigeria is prevalent because Nigeria is a highly patriarchal society. The Nigerian girl child is more likely not to enroll in school or drop out of the school system as a result of poor socio-economic status of parents, early marriage, premarital sex, pregnancy, household duties, parents preference for the education of boys rather than girls and sexual harassment. The paper focuses on some key variables such as; the parents, teachers, learning environment and learning experiences provided for female education. This paper also provided a statistical illustration of the enrolment patterns of males and females in Edo State Secondary and public primary schools. In addition, the paper examines some counselling strategies that could be adopted in order to check the incidence of gender imbalance in Nigerian schools.
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