Technical education gaining popularity

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16 October 2007, The number of male students following a general secondary education (aso) is declining, not even one in three students chooses this type of education. The situation is particularly dramatic in Limburg where 75 percent of the male students attend TSO (Technical Secondary Education) or BSO (Vocational Secondary Education), according to an analysis of the University of Hasselt that De Morgen had access to.

16 October 2007

The number of male students following a general secondary education (aso) is declining, not even one in three students chooses this type of education. The situation is particularly dramatic in Limburg where 75 percent of the male students attend TSO (Technical Secondary Education) or BSO (Vocational Secondary Education), according to an analysis of the University of Hasselt that De Morgen had access to.

The fact that so few boys are opting for a general secondary education also has consequences for higher education. The number of male students at universities is also declining. Entire faculties are "at risk" of becoming feminine. "I just can’t understand why campaigns are still being launched to promote technical education among young people," Mieke Van Haegendoren, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hasselt said.

Ten years ago the number of students was equally divided between male and female students. In 2007 the difference is evident: 57 percent female students at Ghent University, 56 percent in Brussels, followed by the University of Louvain with 55 percent and the number of female students in Antwerp has risen to 54 percent.

The Flemish Minister of Education Frank Vandenbroucke (sp.a) agrees that the situation in Limburg is not favourable but he believes that in general the tendency in Flanders is not alarming.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news

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