Does Islam promote single - sex schools? If so,
what are the advantages to be gained by segregated education, please
provide examples of success.
The demand for single
sex education at secondary school level does not only come from
Muslim parents. A comparison of league tables shows that pupils
(particularly girls) at single sex schools do generally better in
exams than their peers in co-educational schools.
This is probably due to the
fact that boys and girls mature at different times of their
development, and girls are not held back by boys in single-sex
schools nor distracted by the relationship problems common in
co-educational schools amongst adolescent pupils. Islam, which does
not permit sexual relationships outside marriage, does not approve
the free mixing of the sexes after the age of puberty so as to reduce the risk of temptation.
Most Muslim parents would prefer single-sex schools for their
teenaged children, but other measures recommended by the teachings
of Islam include modesty in dress and behaviour.