Thursday, February 2, 2023

Rewarding performances

Results of the 2022 High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC)examination and the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination proved once again that girls continue to outshine boys in both examinations. In the HSLC examination out of a total of 28,938 candidates, 18,721 qualified with an overall pass percentage of 69.42%. The highest percentage was in 2017 at 70.19%. In the HSSLC examination 2022 a total of 14,443 appearing in arts, commerce and science streams passed. In arts stream the overall pass percentage (for both government and private HSS excluding repeaters was 85.04%. In commerce stream the overall pass percentage(for both government and private HSS excluding repeaters) was 87.25%. In science stream the overall pass percentage(for both government and private HSS excluding repeaters) was 89.82%. Notably, in HSLC examination 2022, a total of 10,021 girls qualified as against 8,700 boys. In addition, out of a total of 62 at the Top 20 positions, 44 were girls and 18 were boys. In the HSSLC examination 2022 girls scored an overall of 85.66% in arts stream as against 70.80% for boys. In commerce stream, 88.03% of girls passed as against 78.71 for boys. In science stream, while girls achieved 93.07% success, boys achieved 82.92% success. Among the Top 10 positions in arts, 15 were girls and 3 boys; while in commerce boys did better when eight were in the Top 10 as against five for girls. In science stream, there were nine girls and seven boys. Perhaps it may also be worth understanding some of the factors responsible for females doing better than males in competitive examinations. In a new study by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the performances of 15-year-old boys and girls were examined in various subjects, including math and science. It was found that boys had an edge over girls in math and science, but the overall result was in the favour of girls. The study also revealed that boys struggled more than girls in academics and they were 50 percent more likely to fall short of basic standards in these areas. Girls outshine boys even in some countries such as Qatar, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, where there exist gender inequality. According to a report by UNESCO, girls had higher reading scores in every one of 43 countries surveyed. The report also suggests that boys are reading less fluently because of “a lack of engagement”. Statistically, 56 percent of the boys read only to get information, compared with 33 percent of the girls. However, nearly half of the girls said they read for at least 30 minutes a day, compared with less than one-third of the boys. Reading is a basis of learning proficiency and the lack of reading habit seems to be casting the boys dearly. The academic performances of girls in HSLC and HSSL examinations during the past decades have consistently shown that girls have been doing better than boys. Therefore, this assumes crucial importance on how to ‘reward hard work’ by acknowledging that Nagaland society must recognise the potential. Recognition should be evidenced by giving meritorious female students enhanced stipend especially for those form lower income groups. Female candidates should also be given priority for certain jobs in the government. Female students have proved, time and time again, that they have shown results for the investments made by their parents.

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