Teenagers have to keep studying English and maths
2 September 2013 Last updated at 20:10 BST
Teenagers in England who fail to achieve at least a grade C in English and maths GCSEs will have to continue studying the subjects from this term.
It means hundreds of thousands of youngsters in school and college will have to carry on with the subjects until the age of 18.
Employers have warned that young people need to improve these skills.
Reeta Chakrabarti reports.