11 Sep '11, 6am

Malaysia to encourage boys to go to university: KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia is mulling ways to encourage boys

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia is mulling ways to encourage boys to take up higher education in a bid to improve gender imbalance at universities, a minister said on Sunday. Deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong said Malaysia was planning to introduce vocational training at schools from 2013 so that pupils can hone practical skills, such as repairing cars, to prevent males from dropping out. 'The gender imbalance is something that is a world phenomenon but we have to find a way to balance it out,' Mr Wee told AFP. '(Vocational training) will curb this drop-out issue. We have to retain them in the system,' he said. The ratio for university enrolment in July stood at 65 females to 35 males, with some universities in this Muslim-majority nation recording a 70-30 imbalance in their latest semester intake.

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