GCSE results day is now over for another year and questions are bound to be asked about whether the exams are becoming increasingly difficult.
But it seems there could be some truth to these claims after a study last year revealed that millions of British adults can’t answer questions on maths papers written for 15-year-olds.
Researchers investigating the pressures facing youngsters at school found that the exam questions are leaving many parents scratching their heads.
When asked to answer sample GCSE maths questions, on average 40% of parents answered incorrectly – and 90% of adults “struggled” when their everyday maths skills were put to the test.
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The survey of 2,000 UK adults, taken in May 2016, was commissioned by Your Life, which aims to show young people about the ‘transformative power’ of studying maths and physics.
The campaign is dubbing the phenomenon ‘mathsiety’, revealing that 18% of Brits avoid maths of any kind due to a lack of confidence.
Edwina Dunn, Chair of the Your Life Campaign, said: “There is a worrying lack of confidence when it comes to maths skills.
“As a nation, there are huge challenges ahead in order to improve standards – especially as employers are increasingly looking for people with mathematical prowess.”
Four in five of those surveyed said they rely on a calculator when doing sums and six in 10 regret not making more effort to get better at maths when they were at school.
In fact, around 60 per cent of parents struggle when helping their children with their maths homework.
A quarter of respondents admitted they have trouble counting their change to see if they have received correct amount.
While seven in 10 people have difficulty working out a budget and three quarters find it hard converting different measurement units.
Around 70 per cent wouldn’t know how to figure out if they have been taxed properly on their payslip.
Despite six in ten Brits saying they consider themselves to have a good standard of maths skills only 23 per cent felt they were better at maths than youngsters sitting their GCSEs.
In comparison, two thirds of UK adults said they are good with words.
Edwina Dunn said: “It seems to be hard-wired into our culture, we would never admit to being illiterate, so why do seem to be happy to shrug our shoulders when it comes to numbers.
“It is a collective challenge for us as a nation to shake off this attitude and particularly for the next generation whom are sitting exams in the next few weeks.”