Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Honourable Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Mauritius
The Honourable Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Namibia
Tim Oates, CBE, Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment
||29 Oct 2015
Royal College of Physicians, London
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park, London
||Free of charge
The Cambridge Assessment conference on ‘Gender Differences’ took place in London on 29 October 2015. The conference brought together more than 600 experts from within the education and assessment community both at the conference and online, with over 30 countries represented. The audience heard from speakers from around the world who unpacked the complex range of issues that surround gender differences in secondary education and how they might be tackled to attempt to remove or at least start to reduce the gap between girls and boys.
We were privileged to receive contributions from the Ministers of Education in both Mauritius and Namibia. We also welcomed The Honourable Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research from the Republic of Mauritius to speak on the challenges she faces in Mauritius and her solutions for overcoming them. We then saw a video from Honourable Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia, where she and her team provided insights into the gender differences and coping strategies in their country.
These speeches, along with the presentation of new research on gender differences in PISA data, GCSE results and the academic test of English Language, helped stimulate an interesting debate in the room and online. Discussion covered engagement levels of both genders, the impact of the gender of the teacher on their learners and the importance of the role of the family.
The debate continues on Twitter @Cam_Assessment using #GenderGap.