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New science campaign launched in Welsh schools

27/10/2014 Joanna
A new campaign has been launched to encourage more young people in Wales to study science.

The Focus on Science initiative has been devised to reinforce the value of science to primary and secondary schools, learners and their parents, and to help to improve pupils' performance. It is hoped that this will lead to all children in Wales becoming scientifically literate.

New bilingual resources are being produced for the benefit of youngsters and those in teaching jobs, while information is to be provided for schools and parents on resources, events and competitions.

Campaign materials will highlight the benefit of science, showing how important it can be to a learner's future career and earning potential. They will also demonstrate how enjoyable the subject can be.

Education minister Huw Lewis said one of the major aims of the campaign is to get more females involved in science.

"Currently only 18 per cent of those learners studying Physics A-level in Wales are girls. This is far too low and it is something we need to address," he stated.

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