IELTS ESSAY: Which is better: Single-Sex Schools or Co-Ed Schools?

Writing Task 2: IELTS Essay: Which is Better: Single-Sex Schools or Co-Ed Schools?

In many countries today, parents are able to choose to send their children to single-sex schools or co-educational schools. Some people think that children going to single-sex schools have disadvantages later in life.To what extend do you agree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Sample Answer:

Around the world, it is usually decided by parents whether to send their children to single gender school or a mixed gender school. It is understood by many that studying in a single sex school has tremendous negative impact on a young child’s life when they have grown up. I completely agree with this side of the argument. In this essay I will discuss the problems faced by both male and female students.

Firstly, one major drawback faced by the boys having studied in a single gender school is uneasiness while communicating with the opposite gender. They find it difficult to open up and communicate with girls. This often leads to a lot of trouble in their later years. They face severe mental pressure when they enter institutions and colleges as they often feel left out.

Girls from same sex schools also face difficulties. They feel less confident when they pass out from schools and join universities which have people from both the genders. As they have never interacted with males, they often feel dominated by the large number of men in college or workplace. They prefer being isolated or surrounded by the same gender members, which does not contribute to a healthy workplace.

To sum up, I believe that studying in a single sex school does not prepare students for the real world. Children of such schools encounter a lot of problems in life in the areas of communication and confidence, compared to the ones studying in co-educational schools.


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