England’s young adults trail world in literacy and maths


Sean Coughlan
BBC
Oct. 8, 2013

Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests.

A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England’s 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts.

England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries.

The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher warned of a shrinking pool of skilled workers.

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