Offaly ladies outperform male counterparts

THE ladies of Offaly are outperforming their male counterparts in the education stakes.

THE ladies of Offaly are outperforming their male counterparts in the education stakes.

61% or 4,978 of the 8,203 third level graduates in the Faithful County are female compared with 39% or 3,225 male graduates.

However, the number of people in Offaly with a third level qualification is below the national average.

Results from Census 2011, indicate that 22% of people (aged 15 and over in Offaly) had a third level qualification, compared to 31% for the State as a whole. 17% were college graduates.

21% of Offaly women who’ve ceased full time education were third level graduates compared with 14% of men.

A total of 116 people who had completed their education held a Doctorate (PhD) level qualification.

The social sciences, business and law category was by far the most popular field of study among all those with post-secondary school qualifications in the county, with 3,260 persons holding a qualification in this area.

7,358 persons (15% of those whose full time education had ceased) had completed their full-time education before the age of 16.