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Lack of opportunity to study science 'could be impacting future doctors'

Education minister admits timetabling and staffing can present challenges for schools

An MHK has warned prospective medical students could be falling behind over a lack of opportunity to study additional sciences in the Island's high schools.

Government-run schools on the Isle of Man set their own curriculums in line with legislation but without consultation from parents or the Department of Education, Sport and Culture.

Currently, most pupils pick two of the three sciences, but Rushen MHK Dr Michelle Haywood voiced concern over how this could impact those pursuing careers in medicine.

Education Minister Daphne Caine wasn't sure whether any pupils had been declined the chance to study some sciences, but said staffing and timetabling can present challenges:

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