Numbers of A-level maths students have increased 12 per cent to 72,475 but the CBI notes that around 85 per cent of young people still give up on the subject after GCSEs.
Two thirds of students in France continue studying maths after the age of 16.
Susan Anderson, the CBI’s director of education and skills, says: "We welcome the marked increase in the number of students taking maths A-level. However, there are still too few people who have taken maths beyond the age of 16 whether via A-levels, university or vocational routes. “Young people need to know that certain subjects – like maths and science – are highly prized by employers. Britain needs more people coming out of school, college and university with maths as part of their skills armoury.
"Maths gives young people confidence with numbers, a good grasp of statistics and problem-solving abilities. These are skills that people take with them through life and which make a real difference to their long-term career prospects.”
A recent survey conducted by YouGov for the CBI shows 31 per cent of graduates aren’t confident about their numeracy. Thirty-four per cent felt they would have benefited from further maths education at school.
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