MSPs to investigate pupils' subject choices

MSPs are investigating whether the youth of Scotland has enough options when it comes to school subjects, according to the BBC

Do young people in Scotland have enough choice when it comes to their school subjects? This is what MSPs are now investigating.

In the majority of schools in Scotland, fourth year students can choose between six and seven qualifications. The education and skills committee in Holyrood is examining whether enough topics are on offer and if the choices have narrowed.

The committee is asking parents as well as teachers and students.

It is concerned that a limited number of available subjects will impact qualifications for further education and the workplace.

The education committee convener, Clare Adamson, said the issue has “far-reaching consequences”.

She added: “For young people to have the perception that their future options may be limited by the subject choices that they can take at school is something that must be avoided.

“We want to hear about the impact of the availability of particular subjects as well as what factors influence subject choice, such as school size, local decision making and timetabling.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish government said: “It will be important to ensure that all the learning opportunities for young people in the senior phase of school are considered.

“Young people now have more options to get a much broader range of qualifications – not just at school but also at college and through apprenticeships.”

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