"Boys tend to do better in exams," says Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University. "Girls apply themselves to coursework and work more consistently throughout the year."
However, research confirms that girls generally outperform boys at school, even if boys do better in maths and science. In fact, girls in all-girl schools do even better than girls in co-ed schools, while boys in all-boy schools do worse than boys in co-ed schools.
Statistics from USA are equally worrying:
- Boys average a year to a year and a half lag behind girls in reading and writing skills
- Boys represent up to 70% of children diagnosed with learning disabilities
- Boys represent 80% of children diagnosed with behavioral problems
- Boys account for 80% of high school dropouts
- Boys represent less than 44% of America's college students