Pupils taught by female teachers in primary schools are more likely to become “feminine boys and macho girls”, China News Service quoted members of the political advisory body in the eastern city Nanjing as saying.
Members of Nanjing’s Political Consultative Conference submitted a proposal calling for more male teachers in primary and secondary schools during a municipal Political Consultative Conference, according to the report on Monday.
Four in five teachers in Nanjing are female, the proposal pointed out, adding that this raised the possibility that pupils could suffer from gender-identity disorder.
If a boy is surrounded by women from kindergarten to secondary school, the period that shapes one’s identity, he will miss the best opportunity to construct his masculinity, the state-owned news agency reported the proposal as saying.
An education expert from Jilin Province shared these sentiments. “Boys are taught to think from female perspectives because primary schools are way too feminised. But men are expected to bear more responsibilities than women in a society,” Dong Jinyu, the Chief Executive Officer of Chinese Bridge Education Group wrote in his microblog last week.
The number of Chinese women enrolling in higher education has been on the increase in the past few years, especially in schools where the women-to-men ratio is high.
The gender imbalance shows that exams requiring strong memorisation skills, in which girls tend to do better than boys, need to be reformed, China News Service reported.