Parents are worried about their children’s future ability to successfully manage their money and many believe they would cope better had they been offered financial education at school, a new report has revealed.
A study by the Association of Investment Companies has discovered nine out of ten parents and teachers feel personal finance education should be offered at school.
Half of those believe it is so important it should be mandatory, the research found.
More than half of parents are of the opinion their finances would be in a better state if they had received money training in the classroom, the findings showed.
Julie Ward, deputy head teacher at Aylsham High School, said: "Students see their parents paying for goods by credit card and cash comes out of a wall, painlessly. They need to begin to learn the value of money."
Last year, pfeg and HSBC launched a financial education programme for primary schools, following research which showed half of 17-year-olds have already experienced debt.