In middle- and high-income countries, girls are achieving significantly higher marks in science in secondary school.
Amidst the debate of gender inequality and barriers in the world, a UNESCO report shows a positive outlook on girls. According to UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report, girls are also doing better in class in maths. Let us tell you that before publishing this report, the data of 120 countries in primary and secondary education was analyzed.
According to the report, boys perform better than girls in maths in the formative years. But later this difference ends. According to the report, this gender inequality has ended even in poor countries. At the same time, in some countries, this difference is gradually disappearing.
For example, by grade 8, the gap in favor of girls in math is 7 percentage points in Malaysia, 3 in Cambodia, 1.7 points in the Congo, and 1.4 percentage points in the Philippines. However, due to prejudice and stereotypes, the longing for learning mathematics in girls can be affected.
Even though girls are catching up in maths in upper primary and secondary grades, boys are still among the highest performers in maths in all countries of the world. In middle and high-income countries, girls are achieving significantly higher marks in science in secondary school. Despite this, the low probability of girls choosing a career in science shows that their education is being affected due to prejudice and conservatism.
The biggest difference in primary education is seen in Saudi Arabia. Here 77% of girls and 51% of boys achieve minimum reading proficiency in grade 4. This gap is 18 percent in Thailand, 11 percent in the Dominican Republic and 10 percent in Morocco. In middle- and high-income countries, girls are achieving significantly higher marks in science in secondary school.
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