Monday February 17, 2020

'Leaving Cert gender gap should shake up system'

As girls continue to outperform, new ways of engaging with boys in school need to be found, writes Susan O'Keeffe

18th August, 2017
Leaving Cert students after they received their results in Loreto College in Dublin. Pic: RollingNews.ie e

And right alongside this extraordinary negligence is the likelihood that this year’s Leaving Cert results will show yet again that girls have done better than boys. ‘Doing better’ is the Irish mammy version of what business parlance would describe as ‘outperformed’ but, however you describe it, the girls are top of the academic heap after the gruelling experience of an examination system which is still largely locked in a 20th century structure....

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