Leading article: Men and boys

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The Independent Online

There is no sign yet that Tony Blair's cherished target of getting 50 per cent of adults into higher education by 2010 will be met. According to the latest report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, the number of young people taking A-levels is static and the gap between boys and girls remains; many more girls than boys go to university. The only way to reach the 50 per cent target will be to improve boys' performance. Perhaps the Prime Minister should urgently act on Andrew Oswald's thesis and recruit more male teachers to teach the boys.