Actually this ‘simple’ maths exam question for 10-year-olds is baffling grown-ups

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Most of the other questions were “straightforward”

The question is included on a maths homework paper given to pupils at a primary school in Glossop, Derbyshire. This confusing maths problem has not only stumped the ten-year-old it is aimed at, it has also left parents scratching their heads.

Pupils in Year 5 at the school were asked to answer dozens of basic problem solving questions on the two-page paper.

But one dad left bemused by the section 6 question posted it on Facebook appealing for help.

The dad, 43, who got A-levels in maths in economics, said: “My son’s grandma had spent a while helping him with his homework and most of it was straightforward but this one question left her stumped.

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Pupils in Year 5 at the school were asked to answer dozens of basic problem solving questions

“I then spent an hour or so trying to work it out but found it impossible.

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“I even sent it to a friend who got a 1st class degree in economics and they were baffled by it as well.

“A couple of friends are maths teachers too so I’ve sent it to them but so far I’ve heard nothing back.

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One father spent an hour trying to tackle the question

“I really do think it is impossible and it is certainly not something a ten-year-old can answer.

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“It just does not make sense.”

It is not the first time maths questions have left pupils at primary schools baffled, reports Manchester Evening News.

Last year a ten-year-old girl from Cambridge contacted BBC Radio 2 to ask listeners to help her solve her maths homework.

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