Exam results show girls’ academic superiority

WEDNESDAY’S Junior Certificate results have again highlighted the better academic ability of female students, who did better in the 10 most popular subjects at higher level.

Statistics provided by the State Examinations Commission, which issued results to more than 56,000 students on Wednesday show girls outperformed boys in all higher level subjects except material technology, metalwork and technology.

In a similar trend to last year, some of the biggest gaps between those getting honours grades (A, B or C) at higher level occur in the languages.

For example, in English 82.6% of female students achieved honours compared to just 70.7% of male candidates. In Irish, 85.4% of girls got honours compared to 76.1% of boys.

The gap continued in French, where 72.7% of females got honours compared to 64% of males, and German where 81.5% of girls got honours compared to just 69% of boys.

In subjects such as religion, twice the number of girls achieved A grades than boys. The gap was even wider in home economics where more than three times the number of girls got an A grade.

However, male students achieved a higher proportion of A grades in higher level maths, Italian, material technology, metalwork and technology.

The figures are similar to previous years and compare favourably to trends internationally, as girls are known to have a better aptitude for exams.


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