Girls outclass boys in Cepa

ABU DHABI — Girl students outclassed the boys in the results of the Common Education Proficiency Assessment (Cepa) test, according to the findings of a data analysis of the Cepa on the Ministry of Education web site.

By Wael Yousef

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Published: Tue 7 Mar 2006, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:27 PM

An official source at the ministry said the result was in consistency with the girls' dedicated focus on their studies while the boys would turn attention a lot of other things. The ascending of the chart lines of these tests showed the improvement of the standard of students, the source added.

A total of 35752 students, both boys and girls, have so far entered the Cepa tests web site. An expert at the ministry said that one student could enter the web site several times to test his/her abilities. As many as 14,262 boy and girl students will appear for the Secondary School Certificate exam at 24 exam centres countrywide. The admission of students to the government-run universities is subject to passing the Cepa test and score 150 marks.

Meanwhile, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have outnumbered the rest of government universities in terms of applications for admission. The number of students admitted to the HCT until yesterday stood at 6,285, of whom 3,547 were girls and 2,738 boys. The number of applications for admission to the UAE University accounted for 3,508 girl students, and 2,142 boy students. As many as 1,474 girl students submitted applications at Zayed University, while 53 boy students submitted applications for admission to study on scholarship at higher education institutions.

A three-member delegation led by Dr Saeed Hamid Al Hassani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, left Abu Dhabi yesterday for Muscat.

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