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Girls, again, leave boys behind in Tawjihi results

Success rate in general exam around 50%, but new system keeps hopes alive for failing students

By Laila Azzeh - Aug 10,2017 - Last updated at Aug 10,2017

The overall pass ratio for the Tawjihi summer session in the academic streams stood at 54.9 per cent (Petra photo)

AMMAN – Girls continue to excel in the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi), with nine girls among the top 10 in the scientific stream, while female students claimed the top ten ranks in the literary stream, according to Education Minister Omar Razzaz on Thursday.

Girls also ranked at the top in the IT, agriculture and medical streams, the Tawjihi summer session results, which were announced on Thursday, showed. 

The trend of girls claiming supremacy in the test has been witnessed in the past years. 

Of the 125,375 students who registered for the session, 79,131 sat for the exam, including 47,512 regular students and 31,619 private-study applicants, Razzaz said, noting that the overall pass rate in the academic streams stood at 54.9 per cent. 

The pass rate in the vocational stream stood at 51.9 per cent of 4,335 applicants. 

"We would like to congratulate those who passed the exam and promise to offer those who did not a better educational environment in which they will be able to fulfil their dreams," Razzaz said, adding: "If the educational system was ideal, His Majesty King Abdullah would not have dedicated a discussion paper to urge a review of  the system." 

While calling on students who did not pass the test to not to give up hope of sucecss, he reiterated the ministry's new measures to ease the tension generated by the Tawjihi, including by allowing students to apply to the exam indefinitely. 

In previous remarks, the minister vowed that the exam would witness a "quantum leap" in the coming few years, taking into account students' individual abilities and preferences. 

"It is time to take off the ropes of fear in the education system," the minister said during the press conference held on Thursday. 

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We need to understand how our individual environments and differential treatment of boys and girls from infancy is creating the very real, international male crisis.
The belief boys should be strong allows aggressive treatment from infancy to create anger and fear so they will be tough. This is coupled with much less kind verbal interaction and less mental/emotional support knowledge for fear of coddling. It is this treatment which creates the extra layers of average stress. These layers remain in the mind and take away real mental energy from academics so those boys will have to work two or three times as hard to receive the same mental reward. This aggressive less supportive treatment creates social/emotional distance/distrust of others parents and teachers. It creates lags in social vocabulary and other communication we as girls are given on a continuous basis. The higher average stress creates more activity for stress relief not genetics. The higher average stress creates higher muscle tension which hurts handwriting more pressure on pencil and tighter grip hurting handwriting motivation to write early fatigue. The total effect including less care and support creates much more failure and a feeling of hopelessness especially with our false genetic models firmly in place. Also to make it even tougher for boys is the granting of love and honor feelings of self-worth only on some condition of achievement status or image. This was designed to keep Male esteem and feelings of self-worth low to keep them striving and even be willing to give their lives in time of war for small measures of love and honor from society. Males not achieving in school or other areas are given more ridicule and discipline to make them try harder. Support is not given boys for fear of coddling. Many boys as you would expect thus falling behind in school then turn their attention to sports and video games to gleam small measures of love and honor not received in the classroom. The belief boys should be strong and the false belief in genetics creates a blatant mental denial of the differential treatment which is creating the lower academics lower esteem and other problems many boys are facing today. So strong is the belief boys should be strong there is an almost emotional cannibalism allowed upon boys and men who appear weak in some way by society: parents teachers others even from many girls and women especially in the media. Note this is not about showing feelings or openness from boys and men it is about support care and respect for boys even when appearing weak in some way. Remember aggressive treatment is increased for any sign of weakness and the much wariness boys feel for parent and teachers who feel it necessary and more freely allowed to use more aggressiveness for any sign of weakness or vulnerability. This is condoned by many in society today. This problem is affecting all male children, later adults, but the lower the socioeconomic environment and more time in those environments, the much more amplified and set in place the more harsh and less supportive treatment is given those male children by parents, teachers, peers, others.
As girls, we are given much more mental, emotional, social, physical support and care by parents, teachers, and peers. We enjoy a kind of reverse catharsis of care while the boys receive the opposite, more hurtful treatment to make them strong. This is now killing off boys in the information age while providing girls with all of the good things. As girls we are treated much better and so enjoy more hope and care from society. Since we as girls are given by differential treatment much more continual positive – mental social/emotional support verbal interaction and care from an early age onward this creates quite the opposite outcome for girls when compared with the boys. We enjoy much more care and support and care from society from infancy through adulthood and receive love and honor simply for being girls. This creates all of the good things. We enjoy lower average stress for more ease of learning. We enjoy much more freedom of expression from much protection that makes us look more unstable at times. Of course we can also use that same freedom of expression to give verbal silent abuse and hollow kindness/patronization to our Male peers with impunity knowing we are protected. We enjoy much lower muscle tension for more ease and ability in handwriting and motivation to write. We enjoy much more positive trust/communication from parents teachers peers and more support for perceived weaknesses. We are reaping a bonanza in the information age. The lower the socioeconomic bracket the more amplified the differential treatment from infancy and more differentiated over time through adulthood. Now with girls and women taking over many areas of society we are enjoying more lavishing of love and honor from society while the boys and men are now failing more so and are now given even more ridicule and abuse by society. Mind you this is now coming from many girls and women using our still protected freedoms of expression and more so with false feelings of superiority.

Dr Ihemdi,
Just because they are women from Arab lands you should not assume that they are marginalized. You think women in Western socities are receiving the deserved first class treatment? Many men in the West treat women as play things. If that is first class treatment then you have eyes but don't see with them. I am sorry bro. I have to be direct.

AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS AND I DO ADVISE THESE SHARP BRAINS TO APPLY TO TOP UNIVERSITIES IN USA BECAUSE YOU MAY IN FACT QUALITY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND AMERICA NEEDS THESE FIST CLASS BRAINS. DO NOT ACCEEPT DEFEAT AND MARGINALIZATION. SEEK YOUR PLACE IN ANY SOCIETY THAT VALUES THE SUCCESS OF WOMEN. IF THESE YOUNG GIRLS CAN BEAT THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS HANDS DOWN, WHY SHOULD THEY ACCEEPT SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP.

RIDE ON GIRLS AND YOU ARE THE BEST AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE BEST. NO AMOUNT OR REPRESSION, GENDER BASHING AND UNEQUAL CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CAN STOP YOU. I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU, YOUR TEACHERS WHO HAPPENS TO BE MOSTLY WOMEN AND YOUR PARENTS WHO ARE YOUR PILLERS BEHIND YOUR SUCCESS. CONGRATULATIONS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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