Social challenges

Getting the right support for girls and boys

16/09/2021 PNG

Young women are ticking off all the boxes for success: they are more likely than their male peers to graduate from high school, more likely enter higher education and to graduate from it. But they are less likely than young men to get a degree or vocational qualification in STEM fields or to be employed. Boys are facing challenges in school, performing less well than girls in reading, particularly if they are from a disadvantaged background, and they also do slightly less well than girls in science. They are more likely to drop out of high school or higher education.

Nevertheless, young men are more likely than young women to be employed and to have the digital skills needed in today’s economy. Equity in education means both broadening pathways and opportunities for girls and making sure boys stay on target in their learning and stay in school.

See more: OECD Going Digital Toolkit