GCSEs and A-levels in geography and science are easier than they were 10 years ago, the exams watchdog warns.

Ofqual says standards have slipped, with pupils often facing more multiple-choice or short-structured questions, with less scientific content.

It reviewed biology and chemistry GCSEs and A-levels between 2003 and 2008, A-level geography between 2001 and 2010.

If standards continue to slip, how long will it be before there aren’t enough scientists to do further research?  How long before there aren’t enough people who understand the things we already have?  I can see a future in which items are made, because we have the blue-prints, but nobody really understands why the red wire goes in the left hole and the blue wire goes in the right hole.

What would happen if everything started breaking down?  Nobody would be able to fix it.  How would that affect society?