From primary level, secondary to the university, female students are steadily overwhelming their male counterparts when it comes to academic excellence,CHARLES ABAH writers
Kehinde and Taiwo with Farooq
Twelve-year-old Kunle Jegede was in the sitting room of their expansive five-bedroom bungalow on Monday evening. He was so engrossed in a television game that he hardly noticed when his father arrived home.
While he literally stuck his face to the television, his hands were busy fiddling with the play station. In fact, he was very oblivious of the presence of his father in the sitting room.
It took the intervention of Kunle’s two younger sisters who rushed out from their study room to welcome their father to awaken the young lads to consciousness. Even at that, he only managed to spare a few moments to welcome his father before returning to his sport.
Apparently, the young lad’s heart, mind and soul were preoccupied in his pastime. While his sisters were doing their prep, Kunle was busy playing his game at the expense of his books. His father, sisters and his books held nothing of interest to him except the game.
The story of Kunle and his siblings is not peculiar to the Jegede family. Nowadays, in many homes, boys face so much distraction occasioned by social happenings around their environment that they hardly remember to read their books. This, stakeholders say, perhaps explains why the female pupils and students are fast emerging the best and the brightest in the academic circles.
Paying the price
From primary, secondary to the university, many females are actually picking up most top prizes in academics. The examples abound. In the May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, Folafoluwa Oginni, Oluwakemi Olalude and Chinelo Ibekwe, all females, emerged the overall best candidates in the country. In fact, each of them obtained Grade 1 in all their eight subjects.
Similarly, in the 2013 Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations conducted by the National Examinations Council, two of the three overall best candidates are girls. While 16-year-old Funmilayo Olayinka of Charis International College, Abeokuta, Ogun State emerged the overall best pupil, another female, 16-year-old Kofoworola Oluwaseun of Aatan Baptist Comprehensive High School, Oyo State took the second position. However, a male, Daniel Ibekwe of the University Demonstration Secondary School, Benin, Edo State, took the third position.
At the university level too, female students are fast making their male counterparts look like academic underachievers. Just mention the institution – whether public or private – female pupils are now the leading lights.
Indeed, the list is long, Kehinde Babaagba, the best graduating student of the Redemeer’s University, Mowe, Ogun State in the 2012/2013 session is a female.
Interestingly, of the 20 candidates in the university roll of honour this year, Kehinde, her twin sister, Taiwo, and 12 other girls obtained first class, leaving the boys to share the remaining six.
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