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Table 2 Educational background (school level) of the two groups

From: Non-cognitive characteristics predicting academic success among medical students in Sri Lanka

  High achievers (%) Low achievers (%)
School attended*   
National school 38 (84.5%) 17 (37.8%)
Provincial school 5 (11.1%) 27 (60.0%)
Private school 2 (4.4%) 1 (2.2%)
GCE (A/L) attempt to enter medical school*   
1st attempt 28 (62.2%) 5 (11.1%)
2nd attempt 13 (28.9%) 24 (53.3%)
3rd attempt 4 (8.9%) 16 (35.6%)
Highest academic qualification of either parent   
Primary education 1 (2.2%) 1 (2.2%)
Secondary education 15 (33.3%) 25 (55.6%)
Tertiary education 29 (64.5%) 19 (42.2%)
GCE (A/L) English subject performance*   
Distinction 31 (68.9%) 6 (13.3%)
Credit pass or below 14 (31.1%) 39 (86.7%)
Involved in extra-curricular activities* 44 (97.8%) 19 (42.2%)
  1. *p < 0.05.