Tuesday, October 8, 2013

UK's school leavers are among the least literate and numerate

The UK's school leavers are among the least literate and numerate in the developed
world' with millions of Britons no better at English or maths than a 10-year-old.

Standards are so poor that England is the only developed nation where those approaching retirement and the middle-aged are better at English and maths than those about to start work.

Spending on education in the UK rose from £35.3billion in 2000 to £63.9billion in 2009.  Report found despite Tony Blair declaring his priorities as ‘education, education, education’ when he swept to power in 1997, a huge increase in spending on schools led to ‘no improvement in student learning outcomes’.

The UK spends anywhere between £3,000 and £9,000 (approx 6 lakhs to 19 lakhs).  The average is 10  lakhs.  i.e 24% of GDP/capita which was USD 35,059 in 2010.

The US spends about 22% of GDP/capita which works out to be 13 lakhs/per student based on a USD 46,860 GDP/capita in 2010

Sri Lanka spends about 5.8% of its GDP/capita on a student.  Based on the USD 5,169 GDP/PPP thats about LKR 40,000 on a student.

Maybe Sri Lanka is getting value for money spent.

More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449481/Education-crisis-Up-8-5MILLION-numeracy-level-10-year-old.html

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