Pupils put off studying maths and science, warns new report

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A report by the Confederation of British Industry warns that British children who fear maths and science are too difficult are jeopardising the UK economy.

Just one in 11 youngsters chooses maths and physics at A Level despite leaving primary school with high levels of interest.

Instead, pupils pick 'easy' subjects they believe will deliver good grades and get them into university rather than opting for riskier, tougher subjects, the Your Life campaign found.

Confederation of British Industry President Paul Drecshler said: "If the UK economy is to stay strong in the years ahead, then we need young people to get the right skills to build successful careers.

"A real grounding in science and maths is becoming increasingly important in many high-growth sectors and leads to even more opportunities for young people in the future."

Confederation of British Industry President Paul Drecshler said: “If the UK economy is to stay strong in the years ahead, then we need young people to get the right skills to build successful careers.

Your Life campaign chairman Edwina Dunn said: “Many students are unintentionally left without any knowledge of the skills and careers which follow from learning maths and physics.

"We must act now to reverse a multi-generational decline in science, technology, engineering and maths uptake in schools and empower young people to gain the skills to do incredible things and make a real difference to their own future and the future of the nation."

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