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Girls outperform boys in Rajasthan Board Senior Secondary Examination both quantitatively and qualitatively
Rajasthan girls have outperformed boys in pass percentage and merit list positions once again in the streams of Commerce and Science of class 12th results this year. The Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan (BSER), Ajmer, declared the results of senior secondary board examination on May 16 evening.

Niyati Saxena, a girl from Bundi, became topper in RBSE Science stream by scoring 97.60 per cent marks while Naveen Jain topped in the Commerce stream with 96.80 per cent marks.

The pass percentage in the Science stream stood at 88.53 per cent (Girls: 92.53 per cent; Boys: 87.20 per cent) while pass percentage in the Commerce stream has been 88.61 per cent (Girls: 93.58 per cent; Boys: 86.22 per cent).

In the Commerce merit list of 18 students, 11 positions have been secured by girls. In the combined merit list, only one position has been secured by a government school student while rest of the positions have been secured by private school students.

In Science stream, proportionate share of merit positions is higher among girls though lesser number of girls take admission in Science stream.

"When given opportunity, girls get more focused on studies. Not only that they wish to prove themselves but also give time to studies by reducing time on out-door activities. Cognitively, both boys and girls are equal, but factors like lesser distractions and more time at hand are the only factors that give upper hand to girls in the present scenario. The present gender gap in achievement scores can be bridged by cooperative learning approaches where in group score is given more importance," said Jaipur-based educator Prabha Kishore who has been advocating feminization of school education by deemphasizing competition in the institutional and classroom environment.

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