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Gender Equity in Nigeria’s Educational System: A Necessity for Socio-Economic Development


  • Ayodeji Olasunkanni Abari

    (Lagos State University, Depertment of Educational Management)

  • Mubashir Olayiwola Muhammed

    (Lagos State University, Depertment of Educational Management)

  • Jide Pius Gbenu

    (Lagos State University, Depertment of Educational Management)


This paper is devoted to education of women as a key precondition for improving family health as well as the socio-economic status of the entire country. Education empowers women to participate in decision-making in the society and thus gives them the opportunity to make positive decision affecting their lives. Since the situation in the country is such that favours men as against women, efforts should be made by governments at all levels to educate and encourage the girl child through their parents on the need to go to school by introducing various policy measures. The authors suggested some of the measures that can be adopted to national education policy which should include free education for girls, lower grades for girls as against that of men, more hostels for girls to remove them from household chores, legislation against forced marriages as practiced in some parts of the Northern country, bursaries and scholarships should be given to girls especially those on science, technical and engineering programmes.

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  • Ayodeji Olasunkanni Abari & Mubashir Olayiwola Muhammed & Jide Pius Gbenu, 2009. "Gender Equity in Nigeria’s Educational System: A Necessity for Socio-Economic Development," Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, Institute of Economic Sciences, issue 3-4, pages 69-87.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibg:jwejou:y:2009:i:3-4:p:69-87

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    Women; education; labour force; gender imbalance; self-employment; developing countries; Nigeria;

    JEL classification:

    • B54 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Feminist Economics
    • J47 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Coercive Labor Markets
    • N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania


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