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CBI View of Standards Unfair, Say Schools

Magazine article Public Finance

CBI View of Standards Unfair, Say Schools

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Head teachers have criticised business leaders for giving an increasingly negative message on education.

Although the GCSE pass rate continues to improve, rising from 97.6% to 97.8% this year, with 61.2% awarded the higher A* to C grades, UK bosses called on the government to focus more on core English and maths standards.

A survey released by the CBI showed that almost half of employers were unhappy with school leavers' literacy and numeracy standards and believed the education system was failing teenagers and taxpayers as well as business.

CBI director general Sir Digby Jones said: 'Too often bosses have to pick up the pieces and the bill, with many resorting to basic training to compensate for the shortcomings of an education system they have already contributed to through business taxes. …

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