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The Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews praised the Urdd Eisteddfod for its science exhibitions on the maes on 5 June 2013.

While answering members questions on gender imbalance in science subjects, Mr Andrews commended the Eisteddfod on its interesting science sessions that were run by women.

Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach emphasised that there were gender imbalances in north Wales especially in the science subjects.

Ms Sandbach called on the minister to explain why the uptake was low in these subjects for girls.

Mr Andrews said that he was very concerned about this and that he was working with partners to look at moving women to more scientific qualifications.

The minister emphasised that there were a number of issues, partly about ensuring women are introduced to science in an interesting way like Swansea University did at the Eisteddfod.

Mr Andrews also said that it is important that people understand what qualifications lead to different careers especially in the field of medicine.

The minister touched on his concerns with science in key stage two.

Mr Andrews urged members to look at the good work being done in ICT throughout schools in Wales.

Ms Sandbach pressed the minister on her concerns that science in key stage two and three was being let down by teachers.

The minister reacted by saying that is wrong to simply focus on challenges in the area and that we should praise good practice where it exists.

The minister also answered questions on the transition between primary and secondary schools, education available for autistic children after the age of 16 and conservative AM Suzy Davies questioned the minister on his spending for adult Welsh learners.

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