Recently, a report revealed a startling fact that that
English teenagers are among some of the least educated in the developed world.
These young people (aged 16 to 19) possess only a basic
knowledge of maths and English. This data reveals those nine million people
having low literacy skills or numeracy skills of working age.
The report was
conducted by the OECD (the Operation for Economic Co-Operation and
Development). The fact was revealed out of 23 developed nations that teens that
had the lowest literacy rates were English teens and they are the ones who have
the second lowest numeracy rates.
It was stated by the report that students (one in five young
university students) can do basic tasks but they would struggle with anything
advanced, like reading instructions on an aspirin bottle.
The report had the final conclusion- that university
teaching doesn't gives/assures higher level of literacy and numeracy. Due to
this, students who pass out as graduates gain moderate returns from their
qualifications and often end up with student debts. We can safely say that
England has a poor skilled pool of potential entrants compared to its large
Although government took to this condition and started reforms
to keep children in education until the age of 18, said the report based on
data of 2012. However, the reforms introduced harder GCSES leading to removal
of some vocational subjects like the nail technician certificate.
People are playing
politics by blaming the government for this situation. As per Alan Smithers,
director of the Centre for Education and Employment, education in England was
better in old times as people did English and maths in a formal way but
progressive beliefs took over and the children's grasp of basic skills
declined. Thus, new beliefs took over old ones.
A government spokesperson had a different view. He said that
due to government reforms, people are graduating with good English and maths
The country topping the list is South Korea.