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Children put off science and maths by their parents?

Children put off science and maths by their parents?

Parents are to blame for the science and maths skills gap because they put children off the subjects, an industry leader has warned.

Mothers and fathers who make negative remarks such as “I hate maths” are discouraging youngsters from pursuing the subjects, according to David Lakin, who is head of education at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

A poll of 1,000 parents commissioned by the IET, a professional membership organisation for engineers, found that rather than helping children with their science and maths homework, three quarters of parents rely on Google.

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