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Students Lack STEM Skills Claims Microsoft Survey

A very interesting observation has come up in a survey conducted by the Microsoft Corporation. As per the survey, 20% college students in USA feel that the high school maths and science courses are not well equipped enough to prepare them for the college courses.

The survey (opens in new tab) commissioned by the Redmond based operating system giant put forth questions to parents as well as the students about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Microsoft said that in the coming 7 years there will be 1.2 million job openings in the STEM field but at the same time there will be scarcity of qualified college graduates to fill this huge number of posts.

Some more surveys were conducted on the same or related matters and the finding says that 90% parents in USA thinks that STEM education should be prioritised but only 49% think it should be top priority.

Further out of the 50% parents who would like to see their child doing STEM studies only 24% parents are ready to pay extra money to help the child to succeed in the science and math course. The survey among students revealed the fact that 64% female and 49% male students feel that K-12 STEM education is excellent to prepare them for the college courses.

[Image courtesy: Microsoft Survey (opens in new tab) (PPTX)]

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.