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* Sleutelcompetentie (dutch)



Framework for key competences in a knowledge-based society

3.1. Mathematical literacy

At the most basic level, mathematical literacy comprises the use of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, percentages and ratios in mental and written computation for problem-solving purposes

The mathematical literacy competence consists of the following elements of knowledge, skills and attitudes


Sound knowledge and understanding of numbers and measures and the ability to use them in a variety of everyday contexts is a foundation skill that comprises the basic computation methods and an understanding elementary forms of mathematical presentation such as graphs, formulas and statistics.


mathematical literacy such as

  • addition and subtraction;
  • multiplication and division;
  • percentages and ratios;
  • weights and measures

to approach and solve problems in everyday life, e.g.:

  • managing a household budget (equating income to expenditure, planning ahead, saving);
  • shopping (comparing prices, understanding weights and measures, value for money);
  • travel and leisure (relating distances to travel time; comparing currencies and prices).


Readiness to overcome the 'fear of numbers'.

  • Willingness to use numerical computation in order to solve problems in the course of day-to-day work and domestic life.


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