Universities Should Accept Equal Numbers

Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 5 Test 1 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Universities should admit the same number of men and women in every subject. I completely disagree with this statement. My main reasons for this are that (1) there might be natural differences in the interests and strengths of male and female students, and (2) forcing universities to pursue gender equality could lead to issues with merit-based admissions.

First and foremost, it is important to recognize that males and females have different strengths and interests, and it would be unfair to force a certain gender ratio in certain subjects. For example, it may be more common for men to be interested in engineering or computer science, while women may be more drawn to fields such as nursing or education. By requiring equal gender ratios in all subjects, universities would be limiting the choices and opportunities available to students based on their gender rather than their individual strengths and interests. 

Additionally, it is important to consider the fact that there may not always be an equal number of qualified male and female applicants for certain subjects. Colleges should not lower the admission standards or accept unqualified applicants simply to meet a gender quota. The primary goal of universities should be to accept the most qualified and capable students, regardless of gender.

In conclusion, I totally disagree with the notion that universities should be held accountable to accept an equal number of males and females in every subject. It is essential to consider the unique strengths, interests, and qualifications of each student and base admissions decisions on merit rather than imposing quotas based on gender. (262 Words)

How to Vary Your Language

Equal numbers of male and female students
  • The same number of men and women
  • Gender equality (Example: Universities shouldn’t be forced to pursue gender equality.)
  • Equal gender ratios (Example: Universities shouldn’t force equal gender ratios in all subjects.)
Accept
  • Admit (Example: Universities shouldn’t admit an equal number of male and female students in every subject.)

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