Forget all the A* stuff. When it comes to global comparisons our kids are not doing very well at all.
They are the most illiterate in the developed world, according to a survey by the OECD.
It warned that many young people are graduating with only a basic grasp of English and Maths and are unlikely to be able to get a job in which they can afford to pay off their student loans.
English teenagers aged 16-19 were rated the worst of 23 developed nations in literacy and 22nd in numeracy. In contrast pensioners or those close to retirement age were among the highest ranked of their age group.
Most illiterate nations
- Northern Ireland
- Slovak Republic
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
The number of low-skilled people in England is three times…
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