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Concern expressed at decline of STEM enrolments

27 April, 2009

Sinn Féin has expressed its concern at the decline in the number of students enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.   Sinn Féin motion which reads, “Molta / Proposed: That this Assembly expresses its concern at the decline in the number of students enrolling in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects; notes the commitment in the Programme for Government to increase by 25% the number of students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds at graduate and postgraduate level, studying STEM subjects by 2015; and calls on the Minister of Employment and Learning to bring forward proposals to ensure this commitment is delivered” will be debated at the Assembly later today (Monday).   Speaking in advance of the debate Education and Learning Committee member Paul Butler MLA said,   “This is an issue of huge significance for people right across the Six Counties. The Programme for Government made clear commitments in relation to STEM and it is of course an issue of concern that the number of students enrolling in these subjects has declined.   I would hope that the Assembly can endorse this motion and we then see practical measures from the Minister for Employment and Learning that begin to rectify this issue.” CRÍOCH

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