Monday, July 18, 2011

Oh boys, where art thou?

Looks like we are going to, or already are, get(ting) more females in the workforce if we were to judge from the entries in our universities.

The Star newspaper reported that more girls are getting places in universities than boys and this is worrying the Higher Education Ministry.

“It is not that the ministry is against female dominance at the local universities. But it is important to ensure a balanced growth for both genders,” the report quoted the minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin as saying.

He said male students made up just 35% of the overall intake at the local universities this year.

“This problem needs to be immediately addressed,” he said adding that however, there was a “healthy balance” of male and female students for technical-based courses.

“But we need to work on encouraging male students to enroll for other courses, too,” he said.

“Other than that, we have a shortage of students enrolling for science and technological based courses this year,” Mohamed Khaled said, adding that 5% of available seats for such courses were not taken.

“We will try and fix these problems at the secondary school level and hopefully, we will be able to achieve our target in future,” he said.