Boys are not as keen to go to university as girls, a British survey suggests.
About three-quarters of girls want to go to university compared with about two thirds of boys, a poll of 2,400 11 to 16-year-olds suggested.
The gap of nine percentage points is double the one that emerged in a survey of students in 2006, BBC Online reports. Educational charity the Sutton Trust, which commissioned the poll, said ways of raising male aspiration were needed and an aptitude test might be used.
The survey also found girls were more certain of their intentions — 41 per cent of girls said they were very likely to go to university compared with 33 per cent of boys.
The poll also suggested boys were more cynical than girls about what factors might help them get on in life. They were more likely to list “knowing the right people” and “which secondary school you go to” than girls. Female respondents, by contrast, listed “aiming to be the best you can” and “being able to read and write well.”