Half of adults have the same numeracy levelas as primary schools, and millions lack basic computing skills, according to a British survey. The charity National Arithmetic Foundation surveyed 2,000 adults aged 16 to 75 and asked each to do five basic arithmetic questions, the Daily Mail reported On the 25th. They can use a pen or calculator with no time limit on answers.
Original title: Survey shows half of adultnumery levels in the UK are equivalent to primary school costs 3.5 billion yuan a week.Source:Xinhua
The results showed that slightly more than half of the people answered only two questions correctly, the equivalent of primary school, “not enough to cope with everyday life”.
According to the foundation, the UK economy loses an average of about 388 million pounds (about 3,517 million yuan) a week because of the low numeracy levels of about half of adults.
The foundation then surveyed more than 100 MPs and nearly 600 business executives and found that not only did they overestimate the numeracy abilities of British adults, but they also understood the impact on the UK economy.
The foundation therefore called on the UK government to focus on improving public numeracy and alleviating parents’ and students’ anxiety about maths.