Essential for any person I employ

PUBLISHED: 09:58 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

IT'S a long time since I achieved my GCE in maths but if I read the recent GCSE results from Broadoak correctly 51 per cent of the pupils got a grade above D in Maths this year. Doesn't that mean that 49 per cent only managed a D or worse? The fact is th

IT'S a long time since I achieved my GCE in maths but if I read the recent GCSE results from Broadoak correctly 51 per cent of the pupils got a grade above D in Maths this year. Doesn't that mean that 49 per cent only managed a D or worse? The fact is that in the core subjects of maths and English, which I quaintly believe essential for any person I employ, more that 38 per cent of pupils nationally are failing to achieve anything above a D grade. As for a foreign language to be of use to them in business overseas, few even bother.I don't wish to belittle the work put in by students but surely council and national spin proclaiming that schools and colleges are achieving 99 per cent pass rate in GCSE results is dumbing down the value of the qualification and giving pupils a false impression of what faces them in the real world. In my book there will never be a substitute for the three Rs and the arrival of calculators and spell check hasn't altered that.ELFAN AP REESLocking

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