Science is a distinctly male-dominated field in Bhutan. Girls tend to perform poorly at science in school, and the number eventually pursuing a career is science is very low. At the National Institute of Education, for instance, there are only 20 women training to be science teachers.
In this article, Gopilal Acharya highlights the gender imbalance and some of the factors responsible for it. Some girls in Bhutan are put off science because they perceive it to be a difficult subject. And even girls who show promise in science classes shy away from studying the subject.
Social factors contribute to Bhutanese girls' reluctance to pursue scientific studies. Because they are needed to tackle household chores, girls are steered by their parents towards 'traditional' female occupations. And since, unusually, women — not men — inherit land and property in Bhutan, many do not feel compelled to seek a well-paid career in science.