A study by Education Research Unit, a MacArthur grantee, explores the role of female teachers in ensuring gender and social equity in secondary education in India, with a focus on the state of Rajasthan. The report findsthat when teachers are recruited in the state, fewer women are selected despite the absence of legal or procedural hurdles to appointing women. Women teachers are particularly absent in the sciences and mathematics, leading to the "feminization of subjects," meaning that math and science are broadly considered to be beyond the capacity of female students. The report calls for reconfiguring secondary education to recruit more female teachers and for greater promotion of science and math education to female students.
Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries
Grantmaking seeks to identify, test, and develop innovations in secondary education in developing countries that can spur systemic change and improve economically marginalized girls’ demand for, access to, and retention in quality secondary level education.