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20 Countries With The Smallest Proportion Of Female High School Teachers

Certain parts of Sub-Saharan Africa exhibit notoriously low rates of female secondary school instructors.

Although gender inequality is present in numerous regions of the world, certain parts of Sub-Saharan Africa exhibit notoriously low rates of female secondary school instructors. In fact, many of the countries in this region occupy top positions in the list of 20 countries with the smallest proportion of female high school teachers. But what exactly is the cause? The answer lies not just in “a” cause, but many.

Gender Inequality: What Are the Causes?

In countries such as Peru, 44% of high school teachers are female, yet they still face discrimination that is rooted deep in the country’s culture. Even women with adequate academic qualifications are ignored while men with the same qualifications are favored simply because of the gender bias situation prevailing in the society. In the case of Peru, the problem of women in secondary education can also be linked to culture. Looking back thousands of years all the way up to and including the Inca Empire, most of the social groups that were living in the regions of modern-day Peru were predominately patriarchal in nature. Furthermore, during the Inca Empire, masters taught the sons of the imperial elite, while even the most highly respected, revered young women were taught skills such as food preparation and weaving.

A Long Road Ahead

No matter which country you pick out from the list, the root causes of the low proportion of female high school teachers are complex and deeply ingrained in the culture of such nations. It will likely take years of implementation of new policies and a re-examination of cultural norms for these countries to truly make a change to the concerning statistics that we currently see.

20 Countries With The Smallest Proportion Of Female High School Teachers

RankCountry % of Secondary School Instructors that are Female
1Liberia 5%
2Benin 11%
3DR Congo 12%
4Gambia 14%
5Ivory Coast 15%
6Burkina Faso 16%
7Mali 18%
8Malawi 20%
9Niger 20%
10Nepal 22%
11Burundi 23%
12Djibouti 24%
13Ghana 24%
14Sao Tome and Principe 30%
15Cameroon 33%
16Bhutan 39%
17Cape Verde 43%
18Madagascar 44%
19Peru 44%
20Guatemala 47%

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