24 November 2017 • HOP, Irene Schoenmacker
Fewer pupils think studying needs to be ‘fun’
22 November 2017 – Pupils are increasingly taking their future career into account when choosing their direction of study. Research has shown that this is more prominent among girls than boys. However, this drive also leads to more concerns.
The research was carried out by Qompas, a company that helps pupils with their study choices. Pupils have to take various tests for this where they are also presented with several statements. The answers that have been collected over the years from 130 thousand pupils show that pupils are more frequently choosing a degree programme that offers greater work opportunities.
In 2009, around a third of pupils questioned thought that studies should be ‘fun’, which is now down to a quarter of pupils. Girls, in particular, have become more ambitious. In 2012, 55 percent of girls said that they ‘were not the type to get the most out of a career and found a social life more important.’ Five years later, this has fallen to 46 percent. Boys now place greater priority on their social lives than girls.
Furthermore, pupils are placing increasing importance on good grades. In 2009, 44 percent of pupils did not think that a grade of seven was strictly necessary. In 2017, only 38 percent of pupils took this view. Girls are also more demanding on this point. 30 percent of girls think that a mark of seven is good enough, while 47 percent of boys think this way.
There is also a down-side to this increase in drive. The number of pupils who said that they were stress-resistant has fallen from 73 percent to 63 percent. Differences can be seen here too between boys and girls. Almost three-quarters of boys saw themselves as being stress-resistant, compared to half of girls.
Money is important
It is striking that pupils are less sensitive to status than ten years ago. Furthermore, around three-quarters of pupils still think earning money is important, though this number fell by almost 10 percent between 2009 and 2017.