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Should every university subject enroll euqal proportions of males and females?
In my opinion, men and women should have the same educational opportunities. However, I do not agree with the idea of accepting the equal proportions of each gender in every university subject.
Having the same numbers of males and females on all degree courses is simply unrealistic. Student numbers on any course depend on the applications that the institution receives. If a university decided to fill courses with equal proportions of males and females,
it would need enough applicants. In reality, many courses are more popular with one gender than the other, and it would not be practical to aim for equal proportions. For example, nursing course tend to attract more female applicants, and it would be difficult to fill these courses if fifty percent of the places needed to go to males.
Apart from the practical concerns expressed above, I also believe it would be unfair to base admission to univeristy courses on gender. Universities should continue to select the best candidates for each course accroding to their qualifications. In this way, men and women have the same opportunities, and the applicants know that they will be successful if they work hard to achieve good grades at school. If a female student is the best candidate for a place on a course, it is surely wrong to reject her in favor of a male student with lower grades or fewer qualifications.
In conclusion, the selection of university students should be based on merit, and it would be both impractical and unfair to change to a selection of university procedure based on gender.