This working life: Schools must do better to ensure Stem leaves no girl behind

A recent survey found that more than half of teenage girls interested in studying engineering and construction studies did not have access to these subjects in school

24th October, 2021
This working life: Schools must do better to ensure Stem leaves no girl behind
Just 8.9 per cent of sixth year girls took two or more Leaving Certificate Stem subjects – excluding maths and biology – in 2019, compared to 40.1 per cent for boys

According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, 15 of the 20 fastest growing careers in the world require a background in maths or science.

It is worrying, then, that only 25 per cent of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) jobs in Ireland are currently held by women, according to the Central Statistics Office.

Concerning too is the fact that, according to the Department of Education, just 8.9 per cent of sixth year girls took two or...

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