This year's GCSE results have been released and, unusually, the Daily Mail hasn't run pictures of fresh-faced young people jumping for joy. We have instead seen young people in tears following a drop in the number getting top grades across the board.
The overall proportion of A* to C grades fell from 69 per cent to 66.9 per cent in the final year before the system of A-G grades is dropped in favour of one-to-nine and the English Baccalaureate.
Some 60.4 per cent of pupils achieved a C grade or better in computing subjects, just over a fifth getting an A or A*, while 67.9 per cent of ICT entrants achieved a C grade or above, a similar percentage achieving an A or A*.
Engineering, meanwhile, appears to have been one of the toughest subjects as only 40.7 per cent of entrants achieved a C or better, and only 6.1 per cent achieved an A or A*.
However, these results came on the back of a rise in the number of students studying Computing, which has risen in recent years after more than a decade when it was widely accused of having been dumbed down. This trend has been noted for the past few years.
Neil Carberry, director for people and skills policy at the Confederation of British Industry, said in a news post that this will be "warmly welcomed by businesses across the country as a vital step to addressing key skills shortages in science, technology, engineering and maths".
A survey released today showed that almost three-quarters of school leavers are considering a career in the tech sector, albeit with the underpaid gaming area the most popular niche under consideration.
The survey of school leavers by recruitment company Dice UK also indicated that a third do not believe that a university degree is of critical importance in forging a career in the tech sector.
In contrast to the rising number of students taking Computing and science subjects, there was a drop in the number taking what are widely regarded as soft subjects.
Media Studies numbers fell by 11.6 per cent and Performing Arts by 9.4 per cent. Music, Drama and Art also saw falls in the number of students taking GCSEs.
The results for English and Maths GCSEs, meanwhile, might have been skewed by the number of students re-taking the exams, which are now required at a C grade or above for post-18 study.
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