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آخر تحديث:  الثلاثاء، 9 أغسطس/ آب، 2011، 16:55 GMT

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A report for the Conservative Party says that school pupils in England should study maths up to the age of 18.

The report, by TV presenter Carol Vordeman, said the current system was failing young people.

She found that almost half of 16-year olds fail to achieve grade C at GCSE level, with just 15% studying maths beyond that level.

Students in almost all other industrialised countries study maths to the age of 18.

Ms Vordeman led a "maths task force" to produce her report was commissioned by Education Secretary Michael Gove and Prime Minister David Cameron when they were in opposition in 2009.

She said that more than 300'000 16-year-olds complete their education without enough understanding of maths to help them in their work or private lives.

Ms Vorderman told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that pupils who did not achieve the expected standard - level 4 - in the national curriculum tests known as Sats at age 11 faced a "catastrophe".

Some 90% of them go on to fail to get a C at GCSE, she said.

She recommended that the maths Sats, or national curriculum test, be scrapped, as it led schools to narrow their teaching to focus on the tests.

Ms Vorderman's team concluded that the GCSE curriculum leans towards advanced topics needed by those who will study maths at A-level, which puts off less gifted pupils.

The report recommends that the current maths GCSE should be split into two separate exams.

One would offer a higher standard of education in the core areas of the curriculum, such as basic numeracy and personal finance, while the other acted as a preparation for A-level.

The report says all pupils should study maths to 18, but this should not necessarily be in the form of an A-level or AS-level course, but should include a range of options to suit all abilities.

The Royal Society and Advisory Committee on Mathematics (Acme), which have both raised concerns about maths standards and made similar recommendations, welcomed the report.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) also backed the recommendation for maths study to the age of 18.

Businesses are concerned about basic levels of numeracy and it's alarming that more than one in five 16-19 year olds cannot carry out basic maths, said Susan Anderson, the body's director for education and skills policy.

But the National Union of Teachers said it was "not entirely sure" why the task group's report was necessary as a full review of the National Curriculum is currently being carried out.

"There is nothing particularly new in the idea of primary school teachers requiring more maths subject knowledge," said general secretary Christine Blower.

"Indeed, the last government looked into it, but a reluctance to match that need with proper funding is the reason nothing ever happens."

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Maths
الرياضيات
Industrialised countries
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Task force
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Understanding
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Catastrophe
كارثة
Scrapped
ألغت
Core areas
مناطق اساسية
Numeracy
الحساب
Reluctance
ممانعة/تردد

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