Sums that stump half of UK teenagers: Youngsters are so bad at maths they cannot work out if they have been given the correct change in shops


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By Sarah Harris, 11 February 2014 MailOnline

More than half of teenagers cannot work out if they have been given the correct change in shops due to their appalling grasp of maths, a new survey reveals.

They are unable to perform simple basic arithmetic when making purchases or choosing the cheapest products in stores despite their years of schooling.

Nationwide Building Society asked 2,000 Year Eight and Nine pupils (aged 12-14) to calculate the change from £100 if they had bought shopping totalling £64.23.

Only 48 per cent came up with the correct answer – £35.77 – and a quarter (26 per cent) were more than £1 out.

Fifty-nine per cent failed to select the best value supermarket multi-buy when faced with three fish fingers’ offers.

And 71 per cent were unable to identify the cheapest mobile phone package, again from a choice of three options.

Nationwide said the ‘extremely…

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