Seven years after they started in secondary education in 2010, girls have on average achieved a higher level of diploma than boys. This appears from new figures from Statistics Netherlands.
The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has followed the progress of nearly 190,000 pupils who started secondary education in the 2010/2011 school year. Girls obtained a HAVO or VWO diploma more often than boys, boys more often than girls received a diploma from one of the vocational courses of VMBO.
At the definitive school advice from the primary school and at the start in secondary education there were hardly any differences in level between boys and girls. In 2010, girls scored almost as well on the CITO test as boys. The average percentage of correct answers for the language, arithmetic and study skills components was 75 percent for boys and 74 percent for girls.
Boys are already behind after a year
The distribution among the different types of first year was also fairly the same, but a year after the start in the first year, boys had already been delayed more, according to the CBS. Three years after they had started, more than 9 percent of the girls had stayed in place for a year, with boys that was almost 15 percent.
Seven years after the first year of 2010, more than 43 percent of the girls have a HAVO or VWO diploma, compared to more than 38 percent of the boys. Almost 25 percent of the boys received a VMBO-B or VMBO-K diploma compared to almost 22 percent of the girls.
More than 12 percent of the children left school without a diploma. Guys do that by 13 percent more than the jerk 11 percent of girls.
Difference has been around for longer
The differences found between boys and girls have been around for longer, according to the CBS. Boys in secondary education have been performing less well than expected for years on the basis of their definitive school advice and their placement in a bridge class type, whereas girls are doing better than expected. And the secondary education diplomas that girls earn have on average been higher for years than those of boys.
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