London, July 3 : The British government is all
set to ensure that pupils in the country do not skip learning
Mathematics and English, as they will now be forced to study these
subjects until they complete their school education.
step follows criticism from bosses that many school-leavers lack the
basic skills required in the job market, The Sun reported.
According to British ministers, the ones not sitting A-levels will be given work experience to make them more employable.
the reforms, pupils failing to get a grade C or better in General
Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Maths and English, will
continue to study them in some form until they are 19.
qualification, highly valued by schools, colleges and employers, is
assessed mainly on written exams. It can facilitate a number of routes
-- work, further study or an apprenticeship. In its grading system,
higher tier exams lead to grades A - D, while foundation tier exams lead
to grades C-G.
Alison Wolf, who carried out a report on
vocational courses for the government, welcomed the move, saying: "These
reforms should radically improve the life chances of millions of young
A Tory-led committee, however, condemned plans by
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove to set up a single exam
board to stop the dumbing down of GCSEs and A-levels.
The Education Select Committee opined that the move would be "disruptive".