Do you think maths should be compulsory until you’re 18?

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11th January 2023

IN his first speech of the year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that he wants all school pupils to learn maths until they are 18.

Currently, pupils only have to take maths until their GCSEs or Nationals (usually done at age 16) and Mr Sunak says only half of 16 to 19-year-olds continue on with maths as a subject.

He said: “In a world where data is everywhere and statistics underpin every job, our children’s jobs will require more analytical skills than ever before. And letting our children out into the world without those skills is letting our children down.”

However, the Association of School and College Leaders said there was a “severe shortage of maths teachers”, so that would need to be sorted out first.

Others, including Tory MP Robin Walker, welcomed the news but said that there needed to be more focus on “stimulating and supporting children early on” as well.

Do you think maths should be compulsory until you’re 18?

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splashy10 · 1 year ago

I feel like when you are 18 you have already learnt everything there is to know about maths. So I think there is no point

aces10 · 1 year ago

Maths is an essential skill for life. Almost all jobs require at least some maths, and is will be even more important in the future. However, many adults struggle with it. I believe maths should definitely be compulsory until the age of 15, even if it was just ‘basic maths’, without more complex things. This would have a huge positive impact on people’s maths skills, and their jobs and lives.

15645 · 1 year ago

I think it should be compulsory because it's a life skill, you would be much easier to scam if you couldn't count property also if you know it you are more likely to get a good job

adikinzaal · 1 year ago

It should be compulsory as you need math in a lot of subjects ie computing, sewing and architecture

candyapple · 1 year ago

I do not! It's not just that I HATE maths, but I think everyone should have an opinion of what they choose to study at university, not just what the government think.➕➖✖➗

eleran · 1 year ago

Although maths is in the basis of everything we do it's important to remember we already have to study it until we're 16. It also may put people of further education if they have to do maths. It's a no from me

scarlet10 · 1 year ago

I do not think we should study it it until were 18 because as mr Sunak said we're going out into jobs and by the age of 16 you should be able to pick you own choices in life and not be trapped in something you don't want to be doing

aemara · 1 year ago

I think pupils should be given the option to decide whether they want to continue with maths until they are 18. Teachers should also make young people like maths so they would want to continue.

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anonymous8 · 1 year ago

I think you should study maths until you are 18 because maths is a life skill. There is no job without maths.

first@news · 1 year ago

Yes, because it helps you in your future career.

annalls · 1 year ago

You should

tiger.star · 1 year ago

I definitely don't think it should be compulsory because you should be able to choose what you want to study after you leave school.

starsaurus · 1 year ago

Although maths IS a life skill, by age 16, I think we're mature enough to decide whether we want to continue studying a certain subject; that's why we get to pick our A-Levels. Many people may not want a maths based career, so forcing people to study maths would be a waste of time and resources. Furthermore, it would likely put a lot of people off further education, as many people won't want to study maths until they're 18.

trixx · 1 year ago

no way i am already trying to choose 3 a-levels if i have to do maths aswell it would be too much work

uniquestar · 1 year ago

loads of people do not only dislike math but additionally find it very challenging. I think that it shouldn't be a main focus at that age but still something that should be part of the curriculum.

potterwolf · 1 year ago

I agree with splashy10. By the time your 18-19 you have learnt almost everything about maths. Maybe you don’t know pie times pie but it’s ok.

mothstar · 1 year ago

splashy10, I agree

laxviji@gm · 1 year ago

All jobs need maths. Even if you become a garbage collector you might have to count the amount of money you get.

trixx · 9 months ago

nope they arent enough qualified maths teacher already

unnapriya · 4 months ago

There is maths in everyday life.If maths wasn't compulsory we could get stuck in building because we need to count how many layers of bricks we need.