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Kiwis Value S&T

A New Zealand survey has reported that 90% of respondents believe it’s important to study science and technology subjects at school.

The Public Attitudes to Science and Technology survey involved more than 2500 online and 500 telephone interviews, and also found:

  • 83% of respondents consider science important for New Zealand’s international competitiveness, improving health (91%) and preserving the environment (87%);
  • 80% think it is important to be kept up to date on science issues; and
  • 82% think that science is important for addressing key challenges affecting society.

The survey was conducted as part of the Science in Society project, an education/science sector collaboration to lift engagement and achievement in science and technology.