Two-for-one maths GCSE ‘doesn’t add up’

Two-for-one maths GCSE ‘doesn’t add up’

THE government has been accused of devaluing GCSEs with proposals to introduce a "two for the price of one" maths qualification. Under the plans, pupils would take two papers in the subject instead of the current one, but would have to learn little new material in addition to what is already taught.

The government's qualifications watchdog is to pilot the new papers after complaints from maths teachers that it was unfair that English candidates could win separate GCSEs in language and literature but only a single maths GCSE was available.

Critics argue that the new maths qualifications add little extra except practical tips such as how to use spreadsheets or apply exchange rates.

Read it here (30th August 2009) at :

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6815060.ece