AN MP with a passion for education has added her voice to the debate about low levels of attainment in maths in Britain.
Elizabeth Truss, MP for south west Norfolk, dropped into a maths lesson at Wisbech Grammar School to watch year nine pupils monitoring share prices and investments and then plotting the next point on their investment graphs. She then watched them wrestling with a speed, distance and time problem involving a politician travelling to the Fens from London.
The MP, who counts education among her particular interests, also met sixth form students of government and politics and they discussed current issues with her as well as probing her about her political life.
There was also a session with pupils living in her constituency and they had the opportunity to raise issues that were of concern to them.
Ms Truss said: “I am very interested to see what goes on in schools in terms of maths teaching. At the moment we are 28th in the world and I don’t think that is good enough for a country that boasts people like Alan Turing as one of our famous academics.
“I am very pleased with what the government is doing in terms of making the curriculum more rigorous. I want to see maths extended right through the school, with students still studying it from 16 to 18.”