According to a report by the Walloon Council for policy on Science (Conseil Wallon de la politique scientific, CPS), described in the Echo, 45% of pupils in their 2nd year and a third of those in their third year chose science in Secondary school. However, only 19% continued with it into higher education, meaning science lectures are almost empty. This may be due to a highly theoretical approach to the subjects, and students being unfamiliar with scientific careers. The study, finished in December 2013, deals with the 2009-2010 school and academic year. Only 19% of French-speaking students are studying a scientific and technical subject, 31% of men and 9% of women.
According to the CPS, several elements explain this hiatus between Secondary and Higher education. There is the fact that teaching science subjects is based on a very theoretical approach, when it should be based on investigation.
The Council also notes that young people have an incorrect image of the careers available after scientific and technical studies.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga