Technology teaching is a 'disaster'

Yeates, Harry
April 2006
Electronics Weekly;4/5/2006, Issue 2235, p1
Trade Publication
This article reports that Great Britain faces an acute shortage of school science and maths teachers in maintaining its competitiveness in science and technology. Professor Peter Littlewood, head of physics at Cambridge University, told that he saw nothing to suggest a lack of enthusiasm on the part of students to learn the subject, but that their teaching was "disastrous." According to figures quoted by the university, the number of students taking A-level physics has decreased by 38 per cent in the last 15 years, and nearly a third of university physics departments have closed. Peter Cotgreave, director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering, said that some measures might force schools to recognise the importance of science, but asked where the 3,000 teachers would come from.


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