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Maths GCSE for over-16s

Teenagers who fail to get at least a C grade in their English and maths GCSEs will have to continue studying these subjects past the age of 16, ministers have announced.

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Government 'should not pressure kids who fail GCSEs'

A Government plan to make over-16s who fail maths and English GCSEs continue studying the subjects received a lukewarm response from many readers on the ITV News Facebook page.

Sam Clarkson said the qualifications were not essential for everyone, writing:

I was not academically clever, you could have made me resit until hell froze over and I'd never get a C. I managed my life fine without them.

Emma Carver agreed that some children were simply not cut out for academia, despite its importance, saying:

These days you need maths and English to get any job. I re-took my maths after I left but still didn't get a C grade. You're either good or not, I don't think they should pressure the kids.

However, Vicki Pellatt backed the Government plan - providing there was sufficient funding for it:

Good idea, as long as the young person is supported with their studies maybe with different teaching methods to enable them to understand. This of course means more teacher time and more money...

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