... bursaries a must

August 17, 2007

Students should get bursaries towards the cost of the degrees that are most useful to the economy, business leaders said this week.

Ahead of the announcement of this year's A-level results, the CBI called for a "golden carrot" bursary of £1,000 a year for all science and engineering graduates as part of a plan to double the proportion of students taking the subjects.

Richard Lambert, director general, said "urgent action" was needed to address the long-term decline in the number of students studying physics, chemistry and engineering because businesses were already struggling to fill posts. The plan would cost the Government £200 million a year.

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