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 1: [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.


Model Answer 2: [Disagreement]

“Equal rights” and “women empowerment” are two movements that have influenced millions of people in the world and it is no secret that if we want to make the world a better place to live in, we must empower our women as they consist half of the total world population. From this regard, accepting an equal number of male and female students at the university, which is considered the citadel of a nation, is the right decision.

To begin with, universities prepare today’s young minds so that they can lead the country in the future and if we only have male leaders in every sector in our country, ” true progress” would still be unattainable. I strongly believe that we cannot go far ahead if we let half of our workforce be confined within the boundaries of our houses. We need to work together for a prosperous world and for that, we need to give our women an opportunity in education and what better opportunity it can be than letting them get an equal chance in university education!

No doubt, some would argue that admissions in universities should be based on merit and not based on sex. From a shallow perspective, this seems right and justified but if we want to progress as a nation, we need to educate our women who devote more of their time teaching the children in a family. So if we want an educated and enlighted future generation, we need to educate our women and ensuring their admissions in universities can be a great step to secure that. Moreover, women have been deprived of their rights for centuries and the time has come for us to build a platform for them and allowing the same number of students in every department in a university should be a pillar of this platform, I believe.

To conclude, females are as good as males in everything and they should be allowed to prove their worth for the overall progress of the world. Ensuring university education for them by accepting an equal number of male and female students could only make the world a better place.

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