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Thursday 8 December 2016

Girls beat boys in number of As awarded in Junior Cert

Ciara Kenny who received 12 As in her Junior Cert at John Bosco Community College Kildysart Co Clare pictured at her home in Coolmeen near Kilrush Co Clare
Ciara Kenny who received 12 As in her Junior Cert at John Bosco Community College Kildysart Co Clare pictured at her home in Coolmeen near Kilrush Co Clare

The girls have done it again -trouncing the boys in this year's Junior Certificate results.

Female candidates had more As and more ABCs than males in practically all subjects, at both levels, according to a gender breakdown of the 2015 results.

Ciara Kenny, of John Bosco Community College, Kildysart, Co Clare, received 12 As in her Junior Cert.

The boys kept up the tradition of scoring more As in higher-level Maths - 11.8pc compared with 10.5pc - and also had the edge in environmental and social studies, but otherwise the girls took the lead.

In higher level Irish, 13.3pc of girls achieved an A compared with 8.1pc of boys, while in English, 11.7pc of girls scored A compared with 6.4pc of boys.

In Science, 11.3pc of girls notched up an A, against 9.1pc of boys

There was a similar pattern across the ABC grades, although girls slipped slightly ahead in Maths, with 74.9pc scoring what is traditionally known as an 'honour', compared with 74.3pc of boys.

Boys maintained their lead in Environmental and Social Studies and also moved ahead of girls in Metalwork. Boys are also more likely to get below D.

In higher-level History, 6.7pc of candidates scored less than D, but, among males, the rate was 7.6pc, compared with 5.7pc for females.

In higher Maths, 4.2pc of boys had a below D result, compared with 3.3pc of girls

Girls tend to outperform boys in exams, not only in Ireland but around the world.

The phenomenon is attributed to their better organisational skills, which help them prepare for a set of terminal exams.

Studies in Ireland have highlighted the different educational experiences of boys and girls, showing that, at the age of nine, boys are more less likely to complete homework on a regular basis.

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