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Boys' 'anti-studying' culture hurts Swedish school equality: study

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Boys' 'anti-studying' culture hurts Swedish school equality: study
17:17 CET+01:00
The 'anti-studying' culture among Swedish boys and problems relating to honour impede school efforts in pushing gender equality, according to a new government report on Monday.

International research shows that differences in aptitude between boys and girls are small or nonexistent. There are larger variations between individuals within the same gender than between boys and girls, according to research.

However, despite the findings, girls continue to perform better than boys in almost all subjects. According to the research, girls still put in more time, effort and commitment for school than boys.

According to Anna Ekström, the chairwoman of the government's delegation for equality in schools (delegation för jämställdhet i skolan, Deja), there have not been any major changes in gender equality in Swedish schools since the 1960s.

"A lot has happened in the field of equality in society, but in working for gender equality in the schools, far too little has taken place," Ekström told news agency TT on Monday.

"I can imagine that it is because equality is something that one becomes dedicated to in the worst case in the worst case through project work with a study day and a lecture or something similar," she added.

Traditional gender roles result in restricting boys and girls during their school years. In turn, this can also result in certain effects after they have left school.

"School results become important in the future as we transition into a knowledge-based society. If the girls with their superior scores keep the boys out of the most attractive courses, then the boys' problems in school will become the men's problems in the future," warned Ekström.

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