STUDENTS older than 16 should be forced to study maths, foreign languages and humanities, a new study suggests.
UK academics said changing the curriculum for A Level students – similar to Australia’s VCE and HSC – would make them better employees and close knowledge gaps. Higher Education Policy Institute authors argued making maths compulsory would improve numerical abilities.
Also, forcing pupils to study a foreign language until the end of school could help boost the number of people who apply for modern language courses at university.
It would also address longterm shortage of linguistic skills in workplaces, the study said.