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  Big divide over school subjects
Updated 30 October 2001, 19.05
Boys in design technology class
Young people should break away from choosing "traditional" subjects for boys and girls at school, say campaigners.

Although schools have tried to encourage pupils to pick whatever subjects they like, there are still huge differences in what girls and boys choose.

At GCSE level, 94% of pupils taking home economics are girls, and 78% of students choosing physics are boys.

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What's Stopping You? poster campaign
A campaign poster

The figures are even higher when you look at the choice of GNVQs.

An enormous 98% of pupils taking engineering are boys, while 92% of students who choose "caring" subjects are girls.

But the Equal Opportunities Commission says this is not good enough.

It has launched a campaign called What's Stopping You? to encourage young people to make wider choices.

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