According to the Department of Education, last year in England and Wales:
- Among 19-year-olds, 285,000 left school at age 16 without a C or higher in both English and Maths GCSE.
- 255,000 had still not achieved their C grade in those two subjects by the time they reached 19.
- Only one fifth of teenagers (21%) who had not reached a C grade continued to study English, while 23% continued to pursue Maths.
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