Letter: Drop engineering from schools

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Sir: We have evidence to support Ian Quayle's contention ("No point in technology at school", Letters, 19 March). In the Fifties our school had an engineering sixth form, the periods needed being taken from the science periods. Engineering boys were thus handicapped in taking the entrance examination for Imperial College, London. I reverted to the full number of science periods. At least four of these latter students became professors of engineering, metallurgy, etc.

Gordon Van Praagh

Crawley, Sussex

The writer was head of science at Christ's Hospital, Horsham