Simon Pegg has shared a furious response to Rishi Sunak’s plan to make school pupils study maths in some form until the age of 18.
The Prime Minister announced yesterday in his first speech of 2023 that he wishes to make maths compulsory till the age of 18 should he be re-elected in 2024, saying he wanted people to “feel confident” in their numerical abilities when it comes to handling finances. The UK is currently one of only a few developed countries where pupils only have to study maths until the age of 16, with just over half of pupils carrying it on past GCSEs. This figure includes pupils who have to resit GCSE Maths while taking A-Levels or BTecs.
Sharing his thoughts in a video shared to Instagram, Pegg said: “So Rishi Sunak, our unmandated, unelected prime minister twice removed, has decided it should be compulsory for children to learn maths up until the age of 18 – what a prick.”
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“What about arts and humanities and fostering this country’s amazing reputation for creativity and self-expresison?” he asked. “What about that? What about the kids that don’t want to do Maths? I hated Maths. I dropped Maths as soon as I could and I’ve never needed it other than the skillset I acquired at the age of 12.”
Pegg continued: “But no. Rishi Sunak wants a fucking drone army of data-entering robots. What a tosser. Fuck the Tories.”
“Get rid of them. Please! Fuck! Fuck you, Rishi Sunak, and fuck the Tories.”
Sunak’s plans have been widely criticised on the basis that they won’t be possible to implement amid the current nationwide shortage of maths teachers.
It remains, for the moment, just an ambition, especially since polls have predicted that the Conservative Party will lose the next General Election to Labour, who are currently thirty points ahead in the polls.