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Should there be lower tuition fees for science, technology, engineering and maths?

Mar 13, 2014

The Confederation of British Industry says more students need to study STEM subjects.

The CBI, which represents British employers, says the science, technology and engineering sectors are crucial to Britain’s economic success. However, it is worried that the country is not producing enough people trained in these areas, leaving a dangerous skills shortage. Alongside creating more apprenticeships, the CBI has suggested that tuition fees should be reduced for some science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses to encourage more students to study them at degree level. It has also proposed new one year ‘cross over’ courses so that 18 year olds who had previously dropped STEM subjects could catch up on them again to prepare for a related degree.

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