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Parents struggle to answer questions from children on science and maths

Published 04/11/2015 | 00:06

Most parents cannot answer questions from their children on science, maths or engineering, according to research
Most parents cannot answer questions from their children on science, maths or engineering, according to research

Most parents cannot answer questions from their children on science, maths or engineering, according to new research.

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A survey of 1,000 parents found that almost two-thirds of those with under-12s gave an incorrect answer or admitted they did not know.

More than one in 10 of those questioned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) told their child to ask the other parent.

Adults in London were least informed about scientific subjects, while the most knowledgeable were in Nottingham, said the report.

IET president Naomi Climer said: "We commissioned this research to celebrate Tomorrow's Engineers Week. The findings have given us some interesting insight into how poorly equipped UK parents are when it comes to tackling their child's often tricky questions relating to Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

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