How to revive A-level maths

26th August 2005 at 01:00
Yes, A-levels need to become more demanding and there should be harder questions in all papers However, one important point is being missed. The CBI are now complaining that too few students are studying languages or "hard" science. The solution to these two problems is in fact the same and delightfully simple.

Data which relates the A-level grade to the previous average GCSE scores of the candidate suggests the "most difficult" subjects are maths, physics, chemistry and languages - the very subjects the CBI would like to encourage. I have yet to hear of too many complaints about straight-A students in these subjects.

If the difficulty of all subject exams were raised to the level of the hardest it would solve most of the problems identfied by the CBI.

The proportion of A-grades would drop in other subjects and make it less advantageous for students to study them, so encouraging them to take languages, maths and science.

Karen Revans

20 Quantock Close

North Petherton

Bridgwater

Somerset

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