Parents 'must be positive about maths', says Huw Lewis
3 March 2014 Last updated at 14:38 GMT
Three in ten parents in Wales have admitted making negative statements about maths in front of their children, a survey has found.
The Welsh government has now launched a new campaign to encourage parents to help get their children interested.
Two new GCSEs will be introduced to help boost maths results, which are the worst of any core subject behind English, Welsh and science.
BBC Wales' education correspondent Arwyn Jones reports.