British grads have some of the worst maths skills in Europe

Only the Italians are thicker than us

Your maths skills are so bad, they’re among the worst in the developed world, says a new report. 

An international education body has singled out British grads out for rubbish maths — only the Italians have worse skills.

Dunce grads in the UK are outshone by Belgium, Poland, France, Denmark and the Czech Republic.


Stats released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development show the majority of us graduation without decent maths.

The study compared education standards in 34 countries and found just a quarter of us had top-level reading, writing and numeracy skills compared to at least a third in brighter nations like Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The report said: “Among 16 to 29-year-olds who had left education in the previous two years, 14 per cent had low numeracy skills on average.

“It ranged from five per cent in Korea and Japan, to more than 20 per cent in France, Ireland, Italy, the UK and the US”.


The report also criticised our skills, calling them “low compared to those of other countries”.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Following years of stagnation in international education league tables, this government’s relentless focus on standards is ensuring that thousands more young people are able to read, write and add up properly.

“We will continue to build on this success by ensuring all young people leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to compete with their peers from across the globe.”

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