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Shortage of maths and science teachers not helped by lack of figures

Published: Tuesday, 11 December 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

There is a shortage of science and maths teachers in the UK, according to a report by the Royal Society.

The research also showed that the problem is being made worse by the fact that there is little data available about the number of teachers specialising in maths and science.

Michael Reiss, director of education at the Royal Society said: "The government talks about placing a great deal of emphasis on the importance of science and mathematics. However, the vision of an economy driven by innovation will never become a reality unless there are enough high quality teachers in science and mathematics."

He added that the government workforce model is "simply not fit for purpose" and it is time people "woke up to the true scale of the problem and did something about it".

The Royal Society supports young scientists, engineers and technologists and has been in existence since 1660.
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