Monday 23 October 2017

Girls take the lead 
in Leaving Cert - again

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

GIRLS have done it again, with better grades than the boys in the Leaving Certificate.

One education expert has said it was down to because of the traditional nature of the Leaving Cert, which favours the diligent approach of female students to their studies and exam preparation.

In contrast, boys do better in multiple choice-style papers, because they "take a stab" at answers, while girls "agonise" about which box to tick, said Dr Anne Looney .

Dr Looney, director of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), said the superior performance of girls was a feature of education systems that relied on written, terminal exams.

She said as the Irish second-level system went through the reform process now under way "one of the things we would expect to see is a better spread and a kind of system that favours both girls and boys".

Dr Looney was commenting on the gender breakdown of the Leaving Certificate results, which follow the familiar pattern of girls outperforming boys in almost all subjects.

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