|Tories count on Carol the Maths Czar Posted by Jamie at 8 19 PM on Saturday, January 31|
COUNTDOWN star Carol Vorderman has become a maths czar for the Tories in a campaign to get kids counting again.
In her first job since quitting the Channel 4 show last year, the numbers whizz will visit schools up and down the country to see how the subject is taught. She will then tour schools abroad from the US to India to see what lessons can be learned.
Carol, 48, will chair a Maths Taskforce for six months and report to Tory leader David Cameron. Speaking ahead of the launch tomorrow, Carol told the News of the World: “Maths is critically important to the future of this country but Britain is falling behind the best performing countries.
“As a single parent of two children this concerns me greatly. In the last decade, 3.5 million children have left school without a basic qualification in Maths, a shocking statistic.”
Carol hopes to “break the cycle of fear of maths” among secondary school children.
In the past the star has contributed to a government Maths review.
Now she insists she has no plans to become a Tory MP. And the work is unpaid.