Exams: winging it v swotting
But here's the thing. When boys out-performed girls the motif was always that this proved the inherent unfairness of the exam system. Now that girls out-perform boys at every level (except Finals interestingly) the motif is that boys are inherently useless and anti-intellectual. Well, as far as preparation for life and work is concerned (says he with the magisterial authority of one in his second month of paid employment) the ability to wing it and cram at the last minute is every bit as useful, and often more than, as diligence and swottiness.
But then, since they are scalign back coursework, we can expect a rash of stories over the next few years about how our education system systematically discriminates against girls. Ho hum.