25pc adults have math skills akin to primary school kids
One in four adults have the maths skills of a nine-year-old or worse and struggle with the most basic everyday sums, a new report has revealed.
According to the shock report, which surveyed 7,200 people aged 16 to 65, more than eight million adults in England are considered to lack even basic numeracy.
The figures in the Skills For Life survey reveal that this quarter of the population has difficulty in understanding price labels and the sums involved in paying household bills.
Their abilities are at a par with those expected of pupils at primary school aged seven to nine.
In an even more disturbing development, despite a stream of costly initiatives in recent years designed to improve adult numeracy, the number of adults in this group is nearly a million more than it was a decade ago.
A further nine million adults have the maths skills expected of a child aged nine to 11.
Those in this group are likely to struggle in calculating change, using train timetables or working out deductions on their pay slip.
The Skills For Life survey revealed that altogether 49 percent of working-age adults in England have the maths skills of a child in primary school.
The report also revealed that fewer than one in five 16 to 18-year-olds can demonstrate skills equivalent to a grade A to C pass in maths at GCSE, despite the A to C pass rate for the GCSE exam now being 60 percent.
"This discrepancy is both puzzling and worrying for everyone involved in education and merits further investigation," the Daily Mail quoted Chris Humphries, chairman of the charity National Numeracy, as saying.
"Too many adults are struggling with everyday maths," he added.