The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, launched another move to make math compulsory in the UK until the age of 18.
Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the UK, has recently come up with a new goal: to make mathematics great again. According to him, the anti-mathematics mindset in the country is the main cause of the slow economic growth of the country. There is a dual notion about mathematics: on the one hand, it is an enjoyable subject, though it is also dreaded.
He highlighted the benefits of mathematics for the growth and development of the country. Further, he believed that students under the age of 18 must study mathematics. As per reports, there is an excerpt from his speech that suggests a need to change the “anti-maths mindset”. However, he further mentioned that numeracy skill is valued just like reading skill, as stated: “praising numeracy for what it is—a key skill every bit as essential as reading”.
The opposition party says that there is a need to hire more math teachers to achieve this goal. The British government has begun creating the committee, which consists of education experts, business representatives, and several mathematicians. The new commission will be helpful in achieving the goal while also considering the benefits of international students.
One of the objectives of the commission is to make math compulsory for the minimum age group of 16 to 18 years. However, a new commission will be set up that will focus primarily on developing educational strategies, particularly for international students.