19/03/2015 11:47 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Parents Help Their Kids With Maths And Science Homework By Cheating!


Let's face it, most of us parents are rubbish at maths and science – but we can't let our children know that. So what do many of us do? Cheat.

Yep, a new survey confirms that we are so deficient in our knowledge of maths and science that two in five of us turn to our phone calculators or Google to help our kids with their homework.

A third of parents also said that they feel anxious when helping out with their child's maths or science homework, a poll of 1,000 mums and dads across the UK has found.

The ComRes poll, commissioned by TeachFirst and Barclays, found that parents said they tended to use technology when working out sums because they did not feel confident about their knowledge of maths and science based on their own schooling experience.

Some parents also carry out research online without their child knowing because they are too embarrassed to admit they don't know everything.

In a separate study published last year, maths was identified by the highest proportion of parents as the hardest subject to help their child with: 34 per cent said maths was the hardest, while only eight per cent said it was English.

The survey follows an announcement by David Cameron earlier this month about the launch of a new £15,000 university bursary for students with good grades in physics and maths.

The bursary is intended to help pupils with the costs of studying at university and comes with the proviso that they agree to become schoolteachers for at least three years following graduation.

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