Concern over Reykjavik boys’ reading ability

Despite Iceland’s often-acclaimed education system, new research suggests that the reading ability of many teenage boys in the capital city is cause for concern.

Nearly a quarter of 15 year-old boys in Reykjavik schools cannot read at anywhere near the level they are supposed to be able to. This is the conclusion of research carried out by a working group of the Reykjavik City educational council which was presented yesterday.

The difference in ability between boys and girls is first and foremost seen in reading, literacy and the enjoyment of reading; the group’s report states.

RUV reports that the higher achievement of girls first becomes apparent in year two and carries on all the way through basic schooling. Girls, especially in their teenage years, show considerably more signs of anxiety and stress than boys.

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