Doctor Explains Why Boys Do Better in Mathematics

Published February 14, 2020

Dayo Ojerinde

A medical doctor , Afolabi Odunsi, has opined that the reasons boys do better in mathematics and sciences are because girls lack encouragement.

Odunsi , who was the guest speaker at the prize-giving programme of a mathematics competition organised by Ambassadors Schools, Ota recently , advised teachers to encourage girls to embrace mathematics and the sciences and take up careers in those fields .

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Speaking on the theme, ‘Driving Social Change through Mathematics ’ , Odunsi said there was evidence -based research that girls had the cognitive ability to compete with boys in the sciences, if encouraged .

He said , “ Among the past winners of this competition , only two were girls . Also , there were only two girls among the top -10 . Science has found that the girl -child is not inferior to the boy . All the girl -child needs is encouragement and opportunity .

“About 30 years ago , 70 per cent of medical graduates were men. But with encouragement, it is now about 50 – 50 . There is advancing knowledge of mathematics for the girl child , but it is still capping off at a particular level . Today , we may have a 50 – 50 ratio of male and female doctors , but when it comes to specialisation it is 70 – 30 . Just about five per cent of spine surgeons in North America are females.”

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The doctor urged teachers to encourage girls to embrace mathematics by motivating them and providing incentives .

“For teachers who are here , to improve their girls , create education projects; introduce females to role models who have excelled in Mathematics and emphasise positive values associated with careers in

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Mathematics . Tell them about special incentives ,” he said .

A total of 381 schools participated in the competition aimed at eliminating the phobia for Mathematics among primary school pupils . The top 50 participants, their teachers and schools , were rewarded with cash and gift.


Nine -year -old Aruna Omogoriola , of Giant Stride Nursery and Primary School, Ota , won the grand prize of N 500 ,000 .

He scored a total of 82 per cent from the three stages of the competition which featured written and oral speed examinations . His teacher , Mr Issa Moses got N 150 ,000 , while the school got a laptop , printer and plaque .

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