for easier subjects, according to this article in today's Observer. Quelle surprise.
What will best help Britain maintain competitiveness in the face a confident, productive China? A strong science and engineering sector fed by a stream of well-educated science and maths a-level students, that's what. Whatever governments have done for the last decade to encourage young people into science, it ain't working.
Reason six (or seven) why we need a replica HMS Beagle, sailing the world in Darwin's wake streaming good science and exciting exploration back to labs and classrooms.
Reasons here, here (stand back, I'm going to try science) and here. Probably a few more in archives, too.