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The Joint Board of Moderators has been premature in its actions to halt the need for civil engineering degree course students to have studied A level mathematics (NCE 6 June).

The covert way in which this radical change appears to have been implemented makes the whole thing look as if it has been sneaked through the back door purely to keep academics in jobs.

Dropping maths is against all accepted psychometric profiles for an engineer: conscientious and interested in scientific/ mathematical subjects with a small degree of aggression.

People without the drive or interest to gain A-level maths will only serve to dilute the quality of the work force.

The primary function of the ICE is, and must continue to be, the guardian of learning for civil engineering. Dropping A level maths seems to completely contradict our most valued tenet.

David J Costello, Djcostello@hotmail. com

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