Equity Challenge Faced by Female Student with Regard to Access to FETC: Towards Realisation of FETC as Institutions of Choice
AbstractThe paper examines access to Further Education Training College with regard to gender representation especially on SET related programmes. The paper reviews a diverse literature on gender access as well as financial support afforded to students in Further Education Training Colleges. Qualitative research approach was chosen with a specific focus on the survey research method. Data were collected from 90 college students enrolled for the first in 2012 academic year for various SET programmes. Gender inequality is more pronounced in some aspects of the educational systems than in others. The analysis distinguishes access to Further Education Training Colleges; access with regard to SET and financial implications. Female students fare relatively well in the area of access, less well in terms of the college experience, and are particularly disadvantaged with respect to the outcomes of schooling. Explanations of gender inequality in Further Education Training College should distinguish between these different aspects of education and should explain those contexts in which female have attained parity as well as those in which they continue to be less represented.
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