Family Opposition Cited for Girls' Decisions to Give Up Science

Politics

Tokyo, June 14 (Jiji Press)--An annual report from the Japanese government suggested Friday that family opposition, not a lack of academic abilities, is a major factor prompting girls to give up choosing science-related studies at university.

The 2019 gender equality white paper, which features education for women, pointed out that the proportion of women studying science and engineering at university still remains low.

Of the total university students in Japan in fiscal 2018, women accounted for 35.2 pct at medicine and dentistry courses, 27.8 pct at science courses and 15.0 pct at engineering courses, according to the report, adopted at the day's cabinet meeting.

The proportion of women in science and engineering researchers, who make up most of the researchers in the nation, stood at 12.6 pct at such institutions as universities and 8.1 pct at companies, the paper said, noting that the figures were low compared with other countries.

Japanese female students' average scores in mathematics and science are higher than those of male students in member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the report.

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