Calculated risk;Letter

30th April 1999 at 01:00
YOUR article (TES, April 16) gives the impression that new A-level mathematics criteria will bring about "dumbing down".

In fact, the use of scientific calculators without formulae, memory, graph-drawing and equation-solving features will add specific demands on candidates and so safeguard the standard of A-levels.

Richard Browne

Principal officer, mathematics Qualifications and Curriculum Authority 29 Bolton Street, London W1

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