Government bursaries for trainee teachers failing to attract

8th January 1999 at 00:00
* New pound;5,000 government bursaries for trainee teachers in shortage subjects are failing to attract science and maths graduates, the Liberal-Democrats are claiming.

Latest figures on applications for postgraduate training show a 37 per cent fall in applications for physics places compared to last year, and 6 to 10 per cent drops for the other sciences and maths.

Don Foster, the Lib-Dems' education spokesman and a former physics teacher, said urgent action was needed. Only 36 students have applied for PGCE physics courses by the middle of last month.

But according to education consultant John Howson, other shortage subjects have suffered even more.

FE Focus, 31

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