Mathematics should be compulsory until the age of 18 years as the UK falls behind international competitors, according to a new report.
Elizabeth Trust, MP for South West Norfolk, said that more pupils need to study maths beyond the age of 16 years before recommending that it should be taught separately from the exam system.
Furthermore, she believes that mathematics could be taught at three different levels of difficulty to ensure pupils are up to speed with the subject.
Ms Truss added that the country is suffering because of a lack of skills knowledge and that change needs to be brought in.
"The government needs to take urgent action to address the lack of mathematics attainment in schools," she explained.
"Current failings are hampering social mobility and the UK's long term competitiveness."
It comes after Google chairman Eric Schmidt called on British schools to change their attitude towards mathematics, saying that institutions would suffer if they didn't.
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