IoD and CBI slam weak key skills as GCSE passes surge

first_imgTuesday 24 August 2010 7:49 pm RADICAL changes to the current education system are needed to stop underachievement amongst GCSE students, warned industry bodies yesterday, saying that poor literacy and numeracy skills could impede future business growth.Despite record pass rates for the 23rd year in a row with nearly seven in ten grades a C or above, the Institute of Directors (IoD) said that still only half of pupils achieved five good GCSES including English and maths, a pass-rate that would hit organisations’ ability to capitalise on the economic recovery.“Whilst it would be absurd to lay the blame for every skills gap or shortage at the door of schools and colleges, continuing weaknesses in our education system are perpetuating long-standing skills deficiencies, particularly in literacy and numeracy,” said Miles Templeman, IoD director-general.Meanwhile, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) called on the government to address the low proportion of students taking biology, physics and chemistry together. The CBI said the problem lay within schools, which rarely offered students the chance to study all three together, and that taking up triple sciences is the best preparation for a wide range of careers.“No one wants gifted young people to miss out on future opportunities because they leave science behind at GCSE. The government must address the low proportion of students taking triple science GCSE as a priority,” said Richard Lambert, CBI director-general. whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndo IoD and CBI slam weak key skills as GCSE passes surge center_img KCS-content whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img