Nicky Morgan: pupils ‘held back’ by overemphasis on arts

The Telegraph, 10/11/14, the Education Secretary says that too many teenagers are making GCSE and A-level course choices at school that ultimately hold them back for the rest of their life.

Schoolchildren who focus exclusively on arts and humanities-style subjects risk restricting their future career path, the Education Secretary has warned.

Disciplines such as the sciences and maths open more doors for pupils than many subjects traditionally favoured by academic all-rounders, according to Nicky Morgan.

She said too many young people were still making GCSE and A-level choices at school that held them back for the rest of their life.

Large numbers of children without a clear idea about careers have been pushed towards the arts and humanities in the past – rather than sciences – because they are seen as more useful “for all kinds of jobs”, she said.

But she insisted that this “couldn’t be further from the truth”, claiming that more practical disciplines should be studied to “keep young people’s options open and unlock the door to all sorts of careers”.

It follows the publication of figures in a report last year that showed a near 80 per cent increase in the number of students taking degrees in humanities, business and creative arts or design between 2002 and 2012.

Over the same period, universities only witnessed a 20 per cent rise in students taking physical sciences, engineering and technology degrees.

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