Tens of thousands of teenagers in England do not have at least a C-grade at GCSE in English and maths by the time they are 18, new figures suggest. The figures are revealed in the new government statistics. From now on, all teenagers will have to continue studying maths and English if they do not get at least a C-grade. The statistics, which have been published for the first time and are described as “experimental” by government officials, show that in 2009-10, about one in three young people (220,000) had not gained a grade A* to C in English by the age of 16. Of these, about 34,000 (15%), went on to re-take the GCSE after 16. About half those then got at least a C. The figures are similar for maths.
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