Boys falling far behind girls in school and at university

Boys are falling far behind girls in school-leaving exams and at university to the extent that a University Admissions Centre analysis of results found that being male was “greater than any of the other recognised disadvantages we looked at”, writes Jordan Baker for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The centre looked at Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and first-year university grade point average data and found the gender education gap persisted across socio-economic quartiles at both senior school and university levels.

Educators said there could be many factors at play, including different maturity levels, the compulsory inclusion of English in the school examinations, which tended to favour girls, the declining popularity of difficult maths and sciences, and the increase in the school-leaving age.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site