Millions of school and college leavers are 'not fit for work', the boss of Marks & Spencer warned yesterday.We’ve heard this all before, of course. In fact, we heard it from the Tesco chairman only a month or so ago…
Chairman Sir Stuart Rose said too many didn't even have a basic grasp of the three Rs.
A major poll by the charity of around 2,000 business leaders over 18 months found the education black hole was their second biggest headache after the recession.I wonder how many of those 2,000 business leaders also figure on the ‘Supporters’ list of ‘Teach First’?
And the government’s response?
Deny, deny, deny…
Last night Schools Minister Iain Wright hit back at his claims, saying: 'Employers rightly have higher expectations of workers because there are fewer low-skill jobs in the economy - but it's unfair and wrong to make sweeping generalisations that distort the true picture.‘We have always been at war with East Asia.’
'Our school leavers work hard for their qualifications and are better equipped for the world of work than they have ever been - with English and maths results at their highest ever levels and the consistency of those standards rigorously scrutinised by our independent exam regulator.'