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MP's maths gaffe.



Summary: In a speech about numeracy numeracy Mathematical literacy Neurology The ability to understand mathematical concepts, perform calculations and interpret and use statistical information. Cf Acalculia. , MP Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan is the name of several notable people:
  • Kevin Brennan (actor) An English actor born in 1920
  • Kevin Brennan (politician) (born 1959), British Labour Party politician and MP.
  • Kevin Brennan (comedian) (born 1960), American comedian.
 muddled his sums saying: "Only three in ten pupils, three in ten that's 60 per cent".

Mental arithmetic is not everyone's cup of tea and in an embarrassing stumble, MP Kevin Brennan has proven it is not his strong point.

Addressing the House of Commons House of Commons: see Parliament.  about the failing standards of maths and English, the Shadow Minister for Schools said: "Standards rose under Labour because we focussed on numeracy and literacy.

"Only three in ten pupils, three in ten, that's 60 per cent, because I know that the Secretary of State's not very good at maths."

The MP for Cardiff West soon realised his mistake and tried to recover by saying to the opposition: "I was just testing their numeracy, it is of course 30 per cent."

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Date:Jun 21, 2012
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