‘Worrying’ lack of women studying maths and physics at A-level
4:30pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
THE release of exam results across the UK ha revealed a marked difference between the number of male and female students taking maths and physics at A-level.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) warns that economic prosperity could be at risk if more students, particularly women, do not study and successfully complete these key subjects.
Jayne Hall, IET Policy advisor, said: “Maths and physics are crucial gateway subjects and vital to the industry and economy as a whole. With recent results from the IET’s Skills & Demand survey showing that only seven per cent of the engineering and technology workforce are women, action needs to be taken at an early stage by encouraging females into these subjects.
She added, “It is vital that we encourage more students, particularly females, to study these key enabling subjects. Currently, female students effectively rule themselves out of an engineering career at age 14 by not studying maths and physics. We must change this so that students can make informed subject choices.”