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Type Working Paper
Title Distance education as a strategy for eliminating gender disparity in Pakistan
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
URL http://en.wikieducator.org/images/8/86/PID_609.pdf
Abstract
This paper examines the role of distance education in addressing the issue of
gender disparity in Pakistan. The study aimed to (a). analyze the present
situation of gender disparity in education sector at different levels in Pakistan. (b).
examine the role of distance education in eliminating gender discrimination in
Pakistan. (c). evaluate the impact of distance education on gender
empowerment. (d) identify the problems in addressing gender issues through
distance education in Pakistan. (e). suggest an appropriate strategy for
eliminating gender disparity through distance education in Pakistan. This study
was conducted in Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan Regions. The study
consisted on three populations: (i). B.A level female students, (ii). their parents
and (iii). academicians of Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad. Researchers
adopted stratified sampling technique for collecting data from students & their
parents and administrators/tutors. The researchers used questionnaires (for 600
students, 60 parents and 60 administrators/tutors) developed on five point rating
(likert) scale and semi-structured interview schedules as research tools to collect
data. Researchers interviewed 60 students, 15 parents and 15
administrators/tutors (20 students, five parents and five administrators/tutors from
each region respectively). The data collected was analyzed through quantitative
(mean score) as well as qualitative approaches. The data supported by the
interviews were analyzed and included in the tables. The study concluded that
distance education is being extensively used in Pakistan. It provides equal
opportunities to all individuals of the society to “Education for All”. It is feasible for
female population catering their academic needs particularly those of the
culturally restricted areas. It is an appropriate strategy to address the issue of
gender discrimination in Pakistan.

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