[photopress:MBA_female_students.jpg,full,alignright]China’s Ministry of Education has denied media reports alleging 85% of new students enrolled in higher education institutions in East China’s Anhui Province are female.
Local media reported a record gender disparity in the country’s written-test-oriented college enrollment system, saying that the exams were better suited to girls.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a notice on Monday, ‘The information has been proved untrue as statistics from the provincial Education Examinations Authority show there were more boys than girls enrolled to colleges in Anhui this year.’ However, the exact number was not given.
However false the news report it created a heated debate among the public nationwide.
Some attributed the unprecedented ratio to the knowledge-oriented testing which requires good memory as girls are more patient in reciting and conforming to teachers’ instructions. There simply is no scientific evidence to support that view.
The ministry warned these kinds of stories may have a big impact, and ‘mislead college applicants and their parents.’
The official statistics in 2004 suggested that the number of girls accounted for 45.7% of the total students in colleges and universities. The news story about the percentage of girls enrolled being 85% looks like a total nonsense.
Source: China Daily
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