Number of maths-illiterate teenagers doubles in 30yrs

THE number of GCSE students with almost no mathematical ability has doubled since the 1980s, with inflated grades hiding a growing problem among British teenagers.

The level of knowledge required to get an A grade at GCSE now would only have resulted in a C grade 30 years ago, according to research submitted to the British Educational Research Association. Fifty-nine per cent of GCSE students achieved a grade C or above this year, compared to just 22 per cent getting the equivalent O-level 30 years ago.

City A.M’s financial literacy campaign, backed by education secretary Michael Gove, aims to boost the number of people studying maths beyond GCSE. To donate to MEI’s further maths programme, please visit