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The Ministry of Education is considering whether to offer incentives to encourage male university applicants to study for qualification to become school teachers.

A report in the daily Aamulehti claims that reforms to the laws governing tertiary studies are being considered. New legislation will be introduced in 2010.

In practice, incentives will take the form of bonus points or quotas.

Of undergraduates study for their teaching qualification at the University of Tampere, 84 percent are women and just 16 percent are men.