According to recent figures, success rates in Maths are still dropping, despite recent changes by the Department of Education, which made the passing threshold for the subject lower.
With the reduction of passing scores, students who want to graduate the Higher level of Maths now have to score only sixty-two percent (62%) to receive an excellent grade. The threshold for a C grade is forty-four percent (44%), while in order to get a D, students need to solve only about thirty percent (32%) of their exam.
Compared to passing levels in 2017, there is a decrease of more than ten percent (10%) when looking at the threshold for getting an A. In 2017, students needed to score above seventy-two percent (72%) in order to secure the excellent mark.
Unfortunately, the changes introduced by education ministers did not have the desired effect on the number of students passing the Higher level of Maths. According to the latest statistic, there is a two percent (2.1%) drop in successful graduates in this subject.
Education ministers facing dissatisfaction
In recent weeks, education ministers all over the United Kingdom have been receiving numerous complaints from teachers and parents regarding funding and curriculum cuts. Discontent with the revision of passing grades for Math classes is just the latest in a series of complaints.
Just this week, art experts from several big theatres expressed concerns that following budget and curriculum cuts, students from public schools are underprepared in arts subjects after graduation.
The rise in complaints regarding the state of the educational system in the United Kingdom is worrying, and tensions regarding the outcome of Brexit negotiations with the European Union only add to the pressure on education ministers.