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Boys' poor grades may be fault of teachers

"Girls are more motivated and follow instructions"
4:21 min

Teachers in Sweden may be discriminating against boys, according to new figures from the national education agency.

The agency compared the marks boys and girls get for continual assessment and class tests to their marks in the National Exam - which all 16 year olds take before going on to senior high school.

And the results were startling: when it comes to English, girls get on average 50 percent higher marks in school test compared to the National Exam. In Biology three times as many girls got the highest grades in school assessments yet they didn’t repeat the success in the national exam.

And why is this problem? Well because the school assessments are taken into account when it comes to getting into a senior high school.

Interview with Wolfgang Dietrich at the exams and assessment department of the education agency.

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