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The Next Generation of IT Girls

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 at 10:39 by Rhys Wilcox

Statistically, girls are better at IT than boys.

Nationwide analysis of this summer’s exam results shows that more boys are wannabe, geeky, nerd, porn-surfers-all-day but it’s actually girls who are better at it. The geeky, nerd stuff rather than the porn stuff. Girls don’t like porn.

Anyway, nearly 61,000 boys took an ICT GCSE this year with only 17% getting an A or A* grade against 23% of the 49,000 girls who sat the exams which means there’s about a thousand more cleverer girls than boys. Maybe the exams are only getting easier for girls.

This shocking revelation is further enforced by the ICT A-level results where 46% of the 9,000 tested males passed with A - C grades but 58% of the 5,100 females passed.

Having more women in IT services is a double-edged sword. On the plus side, they do seem to be better at it and their disinterest in porn will no doubt increase overall performance output. On the downside, having a female presence will probably put all the current nerdy, geek men right off their game and, I believe, there is less of a business ethic to firewall online shoe and handbag sites.

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3 Comments on “The Next Generation of IT Girls”

  1. Simon Kimber Says:

    I’d put this down to the fact that GCSE and A-Level IT qualifications bear absolutely no relation to real world IT skills. When I did Computing A-Level we were given an entire term (3 months ish) to complete the coursework programming assignment. I had a completed, working program inside of a week and yet finished the course with a D. The only girl in the class finished with a program that didn’t actually work, but had written a 25 page report on why it didn’t work. She got an A. Now, that wouldn’t go down particularly well with any of my clients. I doubt they would be paying my invoices.

  2. Sarah Malaise Says:

    Girls smarter than boys? What next? An exclusive expose of what bears really get up to in the woods? ;-p

  3. Mr T Says:

    ICT is nothing like been geeky. If I was a cynical sexist man I may point out that it has more parrellels to taking a typing and data entry course…

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