If Jon Pritchard's comments (NCE 13 June) were accepted the result would be further debasement of civil engineering and the quality of our work. The professional civil engineer needs a high level of mathematical knowledge.
The civil engineer's work is demanding and extremely fascinating and not well rewarded. A successful graduate has many other attractive opportunities.
The reasons for our skilled shortage are wide and diverse and will not be helped by dumbing down the quality of our professional qualifications.
It may be a painful process to maintain the standards and raise them higher, but given time, the market place will redress the shortage.
JD Fitzjohn (F), Turleigh Mill, Bradford on Avon, Wilts BA15 2HF