In light of the release of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results, it was evident that there was a gender gap with a greater number of females placing in the top one per cent of the country compared to the number of males.Education Minister Nicolette HenryOut of the 174 students who placed in the top one per cent, 104 were female, while 70 were male.The gender gap is an issue which Guyana has seen for a number of years as it relates to academic performances. At the announcement of the results last week, these numbers were addressed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who explained that there was approximately the same number of males and females at the primary level.However, the ratio is disrupted at the secondary level, where the number of males is reduced by half.Top student Naila RahamanShe stated, “At the primary level and nursery level, we have ratio of 1:1 of boys and girls. By the time they write CXC, we have two girls to every one boy. So, somewhere along the continuum, we’re losing them. That is data and enough reason for us to act.”She noted that male underachievement at these examinations required “strategic” intervention and hence, a symposium was organised last week by the Ministry in collaboration with the University of Guyana (UG); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Caricom to begin work on bridging the gender divide.“These issues require evidence-based, scientific and proven strategies to address and, therefore, we’re bringing the experts. We have people who are from the international community, the regional community, our academic community, and other communities.”The NGSA results were announced on Thursday last with the top performer being Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep, who secured a perfect score of 529 marks.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels MS Dhoni should turn to domestic cricket whenever he gets the opportunity.A lot of Indian cricketers in the past have turned to domestic cricket to regain their form but Dhoni hasn’t taken that route yet.Dhoni’s form with the bat has been a cause for concern for India ever since he joined the team after a successful stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this season.The 37-year-old amassed 455 runs in 16 IPL games this year at an average of 75.83 with three half-centuries.Pant ideal replacement for Dhoni after 2019 World Cup, feels Virender SehwagEverybody had hoped that Dhoni would carry that form into the national team as well but the former captain has struggled to score runs consistently ever since.”Absolutely (when asked if Dhoni should feature in domestic cricket). Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.WATCH VIDEO”I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar told India Today.Asia Cup 2018: Zaheer Khan backs MS Dhoni to bat at No.4This year Dhoni has aggregated just 189 runs in 9 ODI innings at a paltry average of 27 with a highest score of just 42. After the IPL, Dhoni has managed scores of 37, 42, 0, 33 and 8.advertisement”In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings its great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” Gavaskar added.MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsDhoni was back at the helm after 696 days as India captain in the last match against Afghanistan which saw interim skipper Rohit Sharma being rested.But captaincy didn’t change his fortune with the bat as he got out cheaply to part-time off-spinner Javed Ahmadi in the 253-run chase against the Associate nation with the match finishing as a tie. It was the 200th match for Dhoni as ODI captain, the third most after Ricky Australia’s Ponting (230 ODIs) and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (218 ODIs).Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS DhoniDespite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.But it is his form with the bat which has been a huge cause for concern for the Men in Blue. Not only has Dhoni struggled to score runs, but he has also found it hard to maintain a healthy strike rate on the rare occasions that he has scored some runs.On one occasion at Lord’s this year, Dhoni was even booed by the frustrated fans due to his 59-ball 37 in a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.Experts have been asking for Dhoni to come up the batting order but that also hasn’t happened consistently.”At No. 4, I do feel someone like MS Dhoni needs to give a go ahead because keeping the World Cup in mind, it’s a very crucial position to soak in pressure and play according to the situation,” Zaheer, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert, said.