Gordon Brown to announce plan to boost school science

Friday, February 27, 2009 - 07:07 in Mathematics & Economics

Plan part of new initiative intended to ensure Britain produces 'the great scientists of tomorrow'Gordon Brown will today announce ambitious targets to increase the numbers of pupils studying sciences and maths in state schools.The plan is part of an initiative intended to ensure that Britain produces "the great scientists of tomorrow".Brown will argue that investment in science is key to the UK's future competitiveness.He will signal his ambition to shift the UK economy away from its over-dependence on financial services and towards science and technology.In a speech being delivered in Oxford, the prime minister will promise not to let science become "a victim of the recession", vowing to protect its funding from competing demands for government support during the downturn.He will announce initiatives to encourage graduates with science, maths and IT degrees who lose their jobs during the recession to retrain as teachers – part of a drive to ensure...

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