The students need a basic ability in arithmetic and you are right about the students hating math. Someone needs to figure out a way of making math less hated.
It isn’t because the math teachers are not enthusiastic, those I had loved the subject and you could tell it.
Don’t expect many passers if geometry and trigonometry were involved. And even math teachers hate statistics.
The biggest problem I always had with math is that most teachers try to teach it like you already know it.
Trust me, there is nothing worse than being left behind because you just didn’t get ONE STEP in the problem, and the teacher wouldn’t go back to explain that simple step to you, even when asked.
Took me until my late 20’s to get a good handle on higher maths, and that was only because I hired my own tutor to explain the steps and reasons to me.
I am (unfortunately) one of those people who requires an explanation of WHY something is done “that way, instead of some other way”.
Once my tutor explained WHY, I caught on quickly and understood perfectly.