More girls in school, but gender imbalance at universities
According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics, the ratio of male and female students is almost equal among students who participated in the secondary and higher secondary examinations in the last five years. However, just 36.30% of students are female at the university level.
According to the ministry of Education, the number of SSC candidates has increased by 50,295 this year. Of them, around 80% (38,609) are female students. Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel believes that employment and financial challenges are the reason for the lower number of female students at the higher education level.
Full report on the Dhaka Tribune site