Female students continue to outperform their male counterparts in the Leaving Cert.
The State Examinations Commission has released a gender breakdown of this year’s results.
As in previous years, female students did better in languages – outperforming male students in English, French and German.
One of the biggest gaps was in higher Irish where half of female students got top-three level grades, compared to 40% of males.
In higher physics, male students sitting the exam outnumbered females by two to one, but it was female students who got a higher percentage of top grades.
Female students also did better in biology but males got higher marks in Chemistry.
In higher maths, male students did better with 7.4% getting grade 1 marks, compared to 3% of females.
But that was reversed at ordinary level where female students did better overall, and nearly 5% of males failed the exam.