Crappy Schools System

So the OECD says that the UK school system isn\’t very good, that it doesn\’t educate people and that all the extra money that\’s been fire hosed in isn\’t actually getting to the places that need it. The response?

Jim Knight, the schools minister, said the education system was "performing strongly" but admitted more needed to be done.

He said: "In the decade ahead we must do more – the OECD confirms this. That is why we will make education a right for every young person until 18."

Err, a free, State, education for all up to the age of 18 is already a right. What Knight actually means is that he\’s going to turn it into a duty. When those who do not know the difference between rights and duties are running the asylum, what prospect a decent education system?

4 comments on “Crappy Schools System

  1. Jim Knight, the schools minister, might reflect on the news today that Rolls Royce is to build a new testing facility in Germany, near Berlin, rather than locating the facility closer to its main manufacturing plant in Derby.
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/85ad06ee-6d2d-11dc-ab19-0000779fd2ac,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.html

    The reason as reported is that, “Rolls-Royce has been frustrated by what it sees as the government’s failure to support manufacturing and research and development. One senior company executive told the Financial Times: ‘The Germans value manufacturing. There is better productivity and they have a better education system. Government has chosen not to be competitive. Britain has caused this industry to export its capabilities.’”

    New Labour has already been in government for 10 years and we have from OECD:

    “Last year [2004], a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that Britain came seventh from bottom in a league table of staying-on rates [in education and training at 16] for 19 countries. Only Mexico and Turkey had significantly lower rates of participation for this age group. Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and Slovakia have marginally lower rates.”
    http://education.guardian.co.uk/gcses/story/0,16086,1555547,00.html

    And we know this from other news reports:

    “Only half of those on apprenticeships in England finish them, the chief inspector of adult education has found. Although standards of training had improved dramatically overall, David Sherlock said low apprenticeship completion rates were ‘unacceptable’.”
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6169843.stm

    I wonder whatever happened about those exciting ideas for “Individual Learning Accounts” and a new “University for Industry” which Gordon Brown talked about in his first Budget speech in 1997?
    http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=54997

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