We began conceiving
this issue on gender
with the hypothesis
that some form of gender
inequality must surely exist at
the level of tertiary education,
considering the amount of
attention which gender inequality
in society has been given by the
To our pleasant surprise, when the commissioned lead article came in from Dr
Thirumeni, we found that our initial assumption proved to be a false one. Women,
it appears, not only have more than equal access to education, they also have more
or less equal opportunity in comparison to males when it comes to joining the
workforce, at least where Malaysia is concerned.
This, in turn, brought us to the re-realisation that OUM has been and is playing a
key role in ensuring that more Malaysian women (and men) get the chance to obtain
higher education, which is key to personal emancipation and a skilled workforce.
This alone, we feel, is reason for all of us - lecturers, tutors, and learners - to
give ourselves a pat on the back, for we are all contributing to a more egalitarian
Malaysian society, irrespective of whether we realise it or not.
As usual, we hope the features in TCX29 will serve as food for thought on the
focal theme. Let us know if you agree or disagree with any of the findings and
responses we managed to obtain from various stakeholders.