Rishi Sunak to make math compulsory for students up to the age of 18

Rishi Sunak will reveal plans to make the study of some form of mathematics compulsory until the age of 18 to ensure Britain rivals the best education systems in the world.

However, the change will only come after the next election, which the Conservatives are currently losing to Labour, according to the polls.

In his first public appearance of the year, Sunak will use a speech in central London to warn that the jobs of the future will require more analytical skills than ever before.

“Letting our children into the world without these skills is failing our children,” he will say.

It will also draw attention to the fact that, unlike many other countries, only half of all 16-19-year-olds study mathematics.

Mr Sunak is understood to want a revolution in numeracy to mirror that seen in literacy in recent decades and sees this as part of a mission that can help create a better future for Britain.

However, A-level mathematics will not be compulsory for everyone. Instead, ministers are looking at students taking some form of maths course alongside other subjects.

The A-level system narrows down the subjects that teenagers learn faster than in other countries. Critics say it hinders the pursuit of all-rounders, while proponents say it allows students to adjust more quickly to the rigors of a university course.

In his speech, Mr. Sunak, who was educated at Winchester College, will say: “This is personal to me. Every opportunity I’ve had in my life started with an education that I was lucky enough to receive.

“And that’s the main reason I got into politics: to give every child the highest possible level of education.”

He will praise previous Conservative governments, saying that “amazing progress” has been made thanks to their reforms and the hard work of teachers.

He will also say that with “the right pursuit of excellence – I see no reason why we shouldn’t compete with the best education systems in the world.”

Work on the changes will start in this parliament, but will only end after the next election, which is a challenge for the Labor Party, which would have to decide to abandon the idea or implement it.

Around eight million adults in England are believed to have child-level numeracy skills in primary school.

Many developed countries, including Canada, Germany, Finland, Japan, and the United States, require maths to be studied by the age of 18.

The measure would aim to provide benefits in everyday life as well as in the labor market, including giving students skills that will allow them to feel confident with finances later in life, such as finding the best mortgage deal or savings rate.

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