London, Oct 13 (ANI): A new UK survey has revealed that one in six boys is unable to write his own name even after a year of schooling, unlike girls, who are way ahead.
The official figures revealed that boys lack in key areas of development such as writing and the ability to concentrate following the introduction of a controversial "nappy curriculum" two years ago.
Sixteen percent boys are unable to write their name and simple words such as "mum" and "dad" by the time they reach the end of primary school reception classes at the age of five, while half as many girls struggle to write their names.
According to the Department for Education, boys were also less likely to know how to sound out the alphabet, dress on their own and count to ten.
Experts say the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) "curriculum" for under-fives is imposing formal learning on children too soon.
Coalition ministers have commissioned Dame Clare Tickell to review the curriculum amid fears it is too rigid and goes into "ludicrous" detail.
Some of its more controversial goals include ensuring toddlers can use televisions.
Literacy expert Sue Palmer said boys had different development needs and called on schools to "let boys be boys".
"Boys will be disadvantaged at every point until we give them a more play-based approach until the age of six or seven, with less emphasis on formal schooling," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying. (ANI)