Children failing at mental arithmetic

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14 March 2007, BRUSSELS - About one in two Flemish children cannot manage to do sums without pen and paper. This emerged from arithmetic tests used in more than half of Flemish primary schools. The children also score poorly on assignments using a calculator.

14 March 2007

BRUSSELS - About one in two Flemish children cannot manage to do sums without pen and paper. This emerged from arithmetic tests used in more than half of Flemish primary schools. The children also score poorly on assignments using a calculator.

The tests are part of a pupil testing system from the Free Centre for Student Guidance (VCLB), but are freely available and are used in various school systems. Geert Deloof of the VCLB Kortrijk ascertained that children did not score better on any part of the maths test than they did ten years ago.

They did not perform well on spelling tests either. Deloof says that a random sample shows that students were able to spell normal words as well as they could ten years ago, but that they fared much more poorly in spelling verb forms.

"The students are being taught the rules, but they are apparently not getting enough practice," Deloof said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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