Girls who were in the first year of the school year 2010/2011 obtained a diploma at a higher level on average than boys who started secondary education in the same year. This is according to new figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Statistics Netherlands followed the progress of nearly 190,000 students. Girls obtained a HAVO or VWO diploma more often than boys, while boys did more often in 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, boys and girls scored almost the same on the CITO test: the average percentage of good 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 pre-vocational primary or pre-vocational secondary education diploma, compared to nearly 22 percent of the girls.

More than 12 percent of the children left school without a diploma. Boys do that 13 percent more often than girls (more than 11 percent).

Difference has been around for longer

The differences 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.

On average, girls have been graduating for years at a higher level than boys.


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