New figures have revealed that the number of young people in S4 classes choosing to study either biology, chemistry or physics fell by almost a third (31%) from 2019/20 to 2020/21, while there was a 7.8% decrease in S5 pupils doing likewise over the same period.

The biggest drops recorded at S4 level were seen in Dunfermline High and Beath High Schools, where statistics reached a five-year low.

Inverkeithing High, Queen Anne High and St Columba’s RC High in Dunfermline, and Madras College in St Andrews also saw sizeable falls in S5 pupils pursuing the sciences.

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