I HATE maths with a passion, but GCSE maths is even worse. It's USELESS. Half of the things most people won't even use in later life unless your field requires it. It's just a complete waste of time when I could be doing something that I ACUTALLY WILL need in later life. Most people will not use trigonometry or need to find a stupid X. Teach us some basic algebra and the save trig and pythagoras for the advanced ones.
GCSE Maths have very little in them. Trigonometry wont help you in life, you are right. But series, percentages, probability trees might? GCSE Maths arent cumbersome. Majority of other countries have compulsory A-Level math and Farther Math, both of which consist statistics modules that many other countries dont bother to teach. Other scientific GCSE's shouldnt be compulsory such as physics, biology, chemistry. I did GCSE in Math, and got an A. I am 33 years old and it didnt contribute to anything. I think that the government is afraid to take that subject off, and may be encourage more students to take math a-level. I dont know? Dont invest time in GCSE maths if you dislike it.