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Why are girls outsmarting boys in public examinations?
This year too, in CBSE's senior secondary results, girls have out-performed boys. According to results declared by the CBSE, the pass percentage for girls stood at 88.52 as compared to 78.27 for boys. Furthermore, the overall pass percentage this year is 82.66, which is slightly higher than last year’s 82.10.

It seems that the gender bias in education that prevailed in families and schools has reduced drastically and there have been a growing proportion of girls choosing to study in schools with higher achievement motives than boys. Some surveys indicate that the aspirations of girls now concentrate on education and employment and they are becoming go-getters and boys more easy-going.

Another trend that has been noticed among girls that during preparation leave near the examinations, girls prefer to revise in groups and boys individually. This trend of sharing learning among girls is making then to perform better as a group. Cooperative and group learning makes more to perform better, many studies have revealed. Seemingly, girls have taken to it in their spare time.

Moreover, girls due their social learning have developed a trait of multitasking that helps them to combine studies with tasks aptly. Boys, on the other hand believe in competition and social isolation and hence as a group their performance is sliding down.

The trends analysis of public examination scores has validated over the last few years that in learning and achievement scores, cooperation has beaten competition hollow. Also, many studies have validated that cooperative learning is, the way forward and should be incorporated in the classroom processes.

I strongly feel that we must look at the implications of gender studies in classroom processes to learn and act cooperatively and collectively as a community of learners rather than simply counter one another through competitive classroom environment and summative evaluation.

If gender equity in learning is be brought about and maintained, students need to learn to transcend self-interest being promoted by competitive class environment as being practiced in most schools. There is a need of sharing and contributing to one another’s learning with no other reason than to do it and build a community of learners, otherwise girls will continue to outsmart boys.

For the sake of gender equity, learning, information and knowledge are for sharing, not for competing. In schools, competition and accolade need to be shunned and cooperation, sharing, synthesis and creativity need to be emphasized.


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