Chinese advisors demand more male teachers

Beijing, Jan 27: Political advisors in China Sunday called for more males to be recruited as teachers in elementary schools, saying lack of male teachers weakens students’ chances of receiving balanced education from teachers of both genders.

A report by the Beijing Normal University in July 2012 said that about 80 percent of primary school teachers in China’s big cities were females, Xinhua reported.

Such an imbalance has been found in China’s middle and primary schools for 10 years, and the trend is continuing, the report said.

“Children are prone to be influenced by their surrounding environment and people,” said Zhou Hao, a political advisor in Guangxi Zhuang region.

“The gender imbalance in teachers will affect the development of children’s complete personality, thus preventing China from upgrading its elementary education level,” he said.

Zhou and other political advisors called on the government to roll out measures to raise the quota of male students in universities and encourage kindergartens and elementary schools to recruit more male teachers.

IANS