In a report released by the new charity, National Numeracy, has made a shocking disclosure! It states that seventeen million adults, yes you read that right, which is equivalent to half of the working population, have mathematics' skills similar to that of a child in primary school!
The state also mentioned that these people even perceive it difficult to find out and calculate the deductions in their pay-slip. It is a pity that the number of people who struggle with basic mathematics has risen to two million in the past decade, even though a stupendous amount of money is being spent by the Governments to improve the education standards!
Undigestable! Right? But yes, the reports released by the authority vividly illustrate that approximately 49 percent of working people in England are so poor at Maths, that their skills match with those of an 11-year-old school going child!
The school-leavers with such restricted knowledge in mathematics are found to be mostly jobless, criminals or they get pregnant at a very young age!
Forty-nine percent of the working population has no more than the skills possessed by an 11-year-old and struggle to comprehend bar graphs and charts.
A quarter of the workforce has the knowledge of a seven or nine-year-old child and even find it difficult to pay household bills.
Mathematics is a subject to which many people are not inclined towards so much. They usually feel it is okay to be not good at this subject, and have a 'can't do it' attitude towards it.
Chris Humphries, Chairman of National Numeracy and former chief executive of the UK Commission For Employment And Skills said,' Official Government figures quote that 17 million people have maths capabilities, at best, of the age of an 11-year-old. That's a scary figure, because it means that they often can't understand deductions on their pay-slip.'
He said, 'The truth is that numeracy has been hidden behind literacy. We have made excellent progress in literacy. The investment in basic skills has demonstrated that good quality programmes, good quality teachers, proper PR, publicity and a real attention to drawing adults in, can make a big improvement. People have problem with timetables and are even going to have problem with tax and even interpreting graphs and charts, that are necessary for their jobs.'
There is no straight answer as to why is there such a reluctant attitude of people towards basic mathematics in Britain but, it may be traced to the 'stronger focus' that the country started giving to the subjects like arts, humanities and social science.
A poll for the group found that 80 percent of adults when questioned would feel ashamed to say that they could not read or write properly, and on the contrary, 56 percent of them would feel embarrassed to admit that they were bad at Mathematics!
Rayne Foundation, Oxford University Press And John Lyon's Charity, is an organization that is purely dedicated to boost numeracy skills amongst the people. It is backed by Rachel Riley, the mathematician on Channel Four's Countdown. The organization believes that, poor numeracy is that hidden problem which cankers the UK economy and ruins individuals' chances in life.
One reason for such low levels of maths skills is also that, there are not well trained numeracy teachers and those who have a strong background in mathematics are more inclined to find better job opportunities outside.
Even calculators won't be a help if you don't know what and how to calculate!
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