GCSE results show another decline in IT student numbers

The number of students studying information and communication at GCSE level has dropped almost 10% since last year, according to GCSE results.

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The number of students studying information and communication at GCSE level has dropped almost 10% since last year, according to GCSE results.

Technology, along with foreign language courses, is one of the worst performing subject areas in secondary school, as students opt for arts.

In 2007, 99,656 school children took information and communication technology subjects, compared with 109,601 in 2006.

Design and technology student numbers also dwindled with a fall of 4.5% from 371,672 to 354,959.

Last week, A-Level statistics revealed more falls in the number of students taking technology subjects.

But mathematics is increasingly popular for GCSE students, with an increase in entries of 7.3%, while entries for further maths were up 8.3%.

IT sector education body E-Skills UK has urged businesses to encourage students to study computing and ICT at A-level.

Karen Price, chief executive at E-Skills UK, said: “We urgently need to change attitudes and stimulate demand among young people for technology-related degrees and careers.

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