Mixed-sex education, coeducation, or coed as it is conveniently abbreviated is a system of education where both boys and girls are educated at the same place and in the same environment. During ancient times, Greece was the only country that provided coeducation but with the gradual passage of time, most of the countries have adopted this practice. In some countries, there is an orthodox section of the society which is of the view that coeducation is not in tune with morality and should be discarded. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of coeducation system in this article:
- The coeducation system by design embodies the concept of gender equality.
- The coeducation system helps children to be more appreciative and tolerant of the other sex.
- Coeducation system is a less expensive system for the Government since less infrastructure and teachers are required
- School or college days are the formative years of a human being’s life and the coeducation system prepares him or her for the professional and domestic life which lies ahead where there is the utmost requirement for mixed-sex harmonization and coordination.
- One of the major disadvantages of mixed-sex education as often cited by critics is a lapse of concentration which a child may face because of the presence of the opposite sex. This distraction could lead to poor results in academics.
- Hesitant behavior from the children:- In a same-sex environment child is more confident in expressing their thoughts and perform in class because they are not conscious of what their classmates especially those from the opposite sex will think about them.
- Researches have indicated that more than half the teenagers in the United States have had at least one sexual encounter before the age of 18. There have been many instances when such encounters have happened with the girlfriend, boyfriend, or a casual friend studying together in a mixed-sex education system.
In the ultimate analysis, it has been observed that there are not many variations in the academic results of the Mixed- sex institutes compared vis- a- vis the Single-sex- Institutes. However, children who have done their schooling from mixed-sex institutes are better at their social and soft skills compared to their counterparts from the Single-sex Institutes.