Girls should dispel misconceptions about Stem subjects, says Schools Minister

The Schools Minister has called for girls’ “misconceptions” about science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) to be challenged as new data shows that boys generally prefer the subjects. ITV reports.

Research by the Department for Education published on Monday shows that the proportion of boys whose favourite subject is in a Stem field is almost twice that for girls.

In a statement on Monday, which is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, he will say: “There is growing demand for Stem skills, particularly for sectors such as engineering, construction and manufacturing, and it’s essential that gender is no barrier to ensuring that all young people have the knowledge and skills to succeed in our outward-looking and dynamic economy.”

The research, based on a longitudinal study of 10,010 15-year-olds in 2015, also found that the proportion of male pupils who ranked a Stem subject as the one they are best at was 60%, compared with 33% for girls.

Mr Gibb added: “We’ve made considerable progress in increasing girls’ participation in Stem subjects since 2010, with the proportion of girls taking Stem A-levels increasing by a quarter, and 25% more women accepted onto full-time Stem undergraduate courses.”

Of those who named a tem subject when asked what they planned to study at A-level female pupils formed the minority, particularly in engineering (14%), computing (15%) and physics (22%).

However both sexes broadly agreed that Stem subjects led to the highest paid jobs.

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  1. Anonymous

    So Mr Gibb thinks girls don’t know their own minds? Maybe they are not ‘misconceptions’ and girls genuinely do not like maths and science to the same extent that boys do? Please can the ideologues in education stop forcing girls to do what they don’t really want to do?

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