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MP: 'Sat Nav' generation too reliant on calculators

30/11/2011 Kelly
Pupils are struggling to perform simple sums in their heads because of over-exposure to technology, a Conservative MP has claimed.

Ahead of a parliamentary debate today (November 30th), Elizabeth Truss, the Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, said that primary teachers in other countries follow strict guidance when it comes to the use of calculators.

Ms Truss will urge parliament to impose similar restrictions in a bid to stop UK pupils lagging behind in mathematics performance, the Daily Telegraph reported.

"We should ensure that schools equip children with the mathematical basics that allow them to succeed in life," she told the newspaper.

"We are in danger of producing a 'Sat-Nav' generation of students overly reliant on technology."

The MP added that the UK is now 28th in the world when it comes to maths performance and the government needs to take action to create a future generation that is financially literate and able to compete in the global marketplace.

Last week, the Chancellor George Osborne announced a £600 million budget to set up around 100 specialist mathematics Free Schools.

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