Originally Posted by Ocean
I hope this reply isn't just redundant. But it looks like one of the main aspects of the problem may be that by not educating boys at a relatively similar level as girls, you would be creating an educational and cultural gap between the genders. The uneducated men are less likely to give women the role in society that would be appropriate to their education. They would tend to want them in more traditional roles and may not be able to appreciate the value of their contribution to society due to their higher education/ skills. It would end up being a waste of resources and may create tensions. However, the latter could potentially have a beneficial effect in the long term. Interesting dynamics.
It is an entirely plausible proposition that if you look at the regions around the world where gender inequality is the greatest (in favor of men, of course), literacy levels among men will be the lowest. So neglecting boys' education while you beef up the girls' is only asking for trouble.