Despite all our progress, 5 million adults in Britain can not read and 15 million people, almost half the workforce, are not properly numerate.
In the workplace, basic skills are a pretty fundamental requirement for success, as the IoD has argued; whilst, nationally, poor basic skills costs us £10 billion a year in lost productivity and welfare benefits.
From a speech by Alan Johnson, Education Secretary, yesterday
- What’s wrong with free education for Africa
- Wasting money in state education
- Failing state education on a spectacular scale
- Getting around the failures of state education
- The state finally realises that charities can do better but then spoils this breakthrough by forcing its own inefficiencies onto them