I was infuriated by the article 'University challenge' (NCE 2 May). Anyone can sit back and grumble at how standards are slipping and take the 'young people today' attitude.
It may be true that people entering courses in higher education do not possess the necessary skills, but it is no use blaming those lower down the education system and washing your hands of the problem.
If there is a problem, why not try to raise awareness in all levels of education and put forward constructive solutions?
I know that many individuals within education, engineering and the ICE work very hard to encourage young people and promote the industry. Your article not only implies their hard work is futile, but also degrades and alienates undergraduates who, like it or not, will take over the industry when you are gone.
Christopher Nuttall, civil engineering undergraduate, Imperial College London, christopher. nuttall@ic. ac. uk