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Last Updated: Friday June 17 2005 14:06 GMT

Science is hard and dull say kids

More than half of teenage kids think science lessons are boring, confusing or difficult according to a survey.

One of the organisations that write exams, OCR, asked 950 teenage kids what they thought of science.

Only 7% thought people working in science were cool, while some thought Madonna and explorer Christopher Columbus were scientists.

But while they might not think science is cool, the children asked did link scientists with being clever.

They were also asked which science lessons they would do if they had a choice, with biology most popular, although less than half of the kids learn about it by choice.

Only 32% wanted to know more about chemistry, 29% physics and just 19% combined science.

And 16% if given the choice wouldn't learn any science at all.

Education bosses are worried because fewer people want to learn science in schools and unversities.

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