Loss of ‘unsung heroes’ threatens Stem success

Hands-on experiments will die out in schools if technician cuts continue, experts say

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Practical, hands-on experiences are considered vital for engaging pupils in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, which the government believes will play a crucial role in the success of the Scottish economy.

But there are deep fears over the future of the workforce that makes such practical science work in classrooms possible: school technicians. Early indications from a survey of Scotland’s 32 local authorities show that school technician numbers have fallen by more than a third since 2005, from 1,431 to around just 900.

The survey was carried out by the Scottish ...

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