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Setting standards


I was surprised to see that the editor does not agree with 88% of the members, who think that every chartered engineer should study mathematics to A level standard. Even allowing for the fact that most people who replied to the questionnaire probably feel strongly, 88% is a significant majority. I have also obtained copies of GCSE papers, and in my opinion the material they are testing is woefully inadequate to prepare a student for any sort of engineering degree course.

While I accept that there are a number of different fields of engineering, not all of them requiring a high level of maths, surely the whole idea of a degree is to ensure a good grounding in all bases, to allow students to make an informed choice as to their chosen field?

A BEng degree is no longer sufficient to achieve CPR via 'standard' routes, presumably due to falling standards of degree courses. So where do we allow this to stop? The government is working towards most of the population having some sort of degree, but surely the point of degrees is to measure a certain level?

Melinda Lutton Melinda. lutton@babtie. com

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