In the Money || What's threatening the future of Israeli high-tech? A shortage of math students
In Israel, too, STEM studies are on the decline by every measure. The Education Ministry blames parents for letting their children study art in high school instead of math and schools for caring too much about matriculation eligibility rates.
The president of Intel Israel, Shmuel “Mooly” Eden, is worried. “There’s no future for Israeli high-tech,” he says. It’s not foreign competition that has made him gloomy, but rather Education Ministry figures pointing to a dramatic drop in the number of people registering for the bagrut matriculation exam in math at the highest level, five units.
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