Emma Seith

Numeracy drive faces uphill push as maths entries crash

Answers are being sought on how to reverse the trend as numbers taking Higher maths continue to freefall

The number of entries for Higher maths fell this year by more than 2,000. In contrast, the entries for the equivalent qualification in English grew by 1,002. Both literacy and numeracy lie at the heart of Scotland’s new curriculum, so why are pupils continuing to vote with their feet and eschewing maths?

Why have entries for Higher maths dropped?

Last year’s poor Higher exam, which examination body the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) was forced to admit was too difficult, is the most obvious explanation, according to Glasgow City Council director of education Maureen McKenna.

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