Concern over drop-out rates in computer science courses
"Up to 80% of students in some courses are failing to progress to second year.
Higher education officials are concerned at high dropout rates in maths-related courses, where up to 80 per cent of students are failing to progress beyond first year.
There is acute concern over non-progression rates in computer science courses, given a severe skills shortage in the information and computer technology (ICT) sector.
About one-third of computer science students across all institutes of technology are dropping out after first year in college. These rates reached as high as 70 per cent in some individual IT courses.
A report (from The Higher Education Authority) states that the country is facing a “severe skills shortage” in the ICT sector, with a national action plan targeting the provision of an extra 1,250 graduates in the sector over the coming years."
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