Essay 25 – Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students

GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 25

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Model Answer: [Disagreement]

Napolean Bonapart once said that “give me a good mother, and I will give you a good nation”. In fact, whatever has been accomplished in this world so far for the benefit of humanity, half the credit goes to males while the other half belongs to females. However, having said that, I don’t think that I can actually agree with the suggestion that universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject because of some realities on the ground.

Firstly, there just might not be enough male or female students to study a particular subject to fill either the quota of half males or half females simply because they might just not be interested to study that particular subject. Secondly, if we indeed have enough male and female students to fill the quota, then there is a very good possibility that the other deserving students, be them, males or females, with more talents and better qualifications, will get left out to accommodate the “not-so” deserving students unless, of course, the university has a system in place to choose students other than gender.

Moreover, if a university has a system of taking admission tests before admitting students at that particular university, then I just don’t see how it is possible to guarantee that exactly equal number of male or female students will pass the admission tests without compromising the test standards. The fourth and the final reason is that there are some subjects, like mechanical engineering or engineering core course at a military college, which can be really physically demanding, and female students just might not be interested enough to study the courses even though they may be equally talented like their fellow male students.

In conclusion, accepting an equal number of male and female students at university based on gender is not just impractical but also depriving for the society and nation.

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