مجلة الآداب و العلوم الإجتماعية
Volume 16, Numéro 2, Pages 208-216

The Gender Gap In Algerian Learners’ Academic Achievements: The Case Of The Bem Exam In Bordj Bou Bou Arreridj

Authors : Boukhetala Riadh .

Abstract

The gender factor is one that can be taken as a variable in comparative studies dealing with students’ achievements at schools. This study aims, basically, at investigating the state of affairs concerning the gender gap in Algerian learners’ academic achievements. In fact, the present paper focuses on the academic achievements of a population consisting of 4th year middle school pupils of the wilaya of Bordj Bou Arreridj in the official exam taken at the end of the middle school level (BEM) from 2015 to 2017. Male and female learners’success rates in the BEM exam as well as their results in each of the subjects were analysed and compared based on the gender variable. The results revealed that female learners outperform males in almost all subjects of study and in the overall success rates in the BEM exam. This study, therefore, will serve as a cornerstone for further research in order to seek an understanding of the relationship between learners’ academic outcomes and learners’ gender in larger populations and even considering other factors.

Keywords

Gender gap ; learners’ gender ; academic achievements ; BEM exam ; case study.