10th November 2000 at 00:00
THE proportion of pupils who fail to achieve at least a grade G at GCSE has increased in 11 subjects during the past two years.

Results in these subjects, which include English, English literature, French, German and

computer studies, buck the

overall trend of rising GCSE pass rates, schools minister Estelle Morris has revealed.

Business studies saw the

biggest rise in the percentage of pupils failing - an inrease from 4 per cent in 1998 to 4.6 per cent this year.

However, despite a slight rise since 1998, pupils studying single science are the most likely to fail. Just under 8 per cent did so this year, compared to 5.7 per cent of students taking vocational studies exams and 5.4 per cent of those pupils taking Home Economics.

Estelle Morris was responding to a question from the

Conservative MP Dr Julian Lewis.

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