Trend of boys fading into oblivion must be arrested, say educationists

In tune with the State-level trend of girls faring better than boys, not a single Class X boy figured in this year’s district topper list of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations, the results of which were declared on Friday, as girls stole the show by bagging all the top three ranks.

“The results are an indication of the trend of boys fading into oblivion when it comes to academic excellence. We need to arrest this trend and create a healthy competition between boys and girls. Otherwise academics would become lopsided,” said R. Radha, headmistress of a Corporation school.

A. Punitha Mary, principal of Fuscos Matriculation School, said that hard work, determination and discipline were the prime reasons for girls faring better than boys.

“They (girls) don’t waste time in activities other than studies. They also obey the teachers. These are the secrets of their success,” she said.

Expressing similar opinion, I. Nazeem Banu, principal of CEOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School said: “Truly speaking boys possess the physical as well as mental stamina to study better than girls. But the problem is that they are not channelising their energy in the right direction.

“Nowadays, boys are a distracted lot. They concentrate in too many things other than academics. On the other hand, girls are very patient and hardworking. Ours is a co-education school and the difference between the concentration levels of boys and girls is very visible there,” she said.

V. Gomu Latha, headmistress of the same school, intervened to add: “Boys are generally selfish. They study for their personal gains without any emotional attachment to their school. That is not the case with girls who always want to make their school proud through their achievements.”