'Students should do subjects they like' - MEP

Paul Nuttall

Paul Nuttall

First published in News

A NORTH West MEP claims education would improve if more students were encouraged to do what they enjoy.

UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall said some schools were risking students’ futures to make themselves look good.

Mr Nuttall spoke out after a report showed students claimed they were given the wrong advice about what A-level subjects to study.

Mr Nuttall said: “Schools climb up the league tables depending on the exam results of their students, regardless of whether those students secure places at university.

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“This means that they are more likely to advise students to do A-levels they can pass more easily rather than ones that will actually help them in the future.

“A prime example is General Studies. Most universities refuse to accept it, yet almost all sixth formers are forced to waste their time studying it, when they could be improving in subjects that do get counted.

“Schools need to remember their students are people, not statistics, and do what is best for them, not just chase league table ratings.”

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9:05am Wed 20 Aug 14

Kendal lad says...

UKIP with more sweeping statements.

'Almost all' students have to study General studies. Where is your evidence ?

Idiotic party, run by fools.
UKIP with more sweeping statements. 'Almost all' students have to study General studies. Where is your evidence ? Idiotic party, run by fools. Kendal lad
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10:04am Wed 20 Aug 14

Ben Berry says...

Kendal lad wrote:
UKIP with more sweeping statements.

'Almost all' students have to study General studies. Where is your evidence ?

Idiotic party, run by fools.
The guardian has some data that shows General Studies in the top ten subjects (in 2013) and had a decline in popularity of minus 11.24% over 2012. Far more girls took the subject than boys with over 31k taking the subject in total.

Lets face it... This was a press release to get a head line in a local paper timed to be after A level results and uni applications. It worked.
[quote][p][bold]Kendal lad[/bold] wrote: UKIP with more sweeping statements. 'Almost all' students have to study General studies. Where is your evidence ? Idiotic party, run by fools.[/p][/quote]The guardian has some data that shows General Studies in the top ten subjects (in 2013) and had a decline in popularity of minus 11.24% over 2012. Far more girls took the subject than boys with over 31k taking the subject in total. Lets face it... This was a press release to get a head line in a local paper timed to be after A level results and uni applications. It worked. Ben Berry
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