A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) shows how Englan’ds 16 to 24 year olds are falling behind the rest of the world.
England came 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries.
The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher warned of a shrinking pool of skilled workers.
The study shows that there are 8.5 million adults in England and Northern Ireland with the numeracy levels of a 10-year-old.
“This shocking report shows England has some of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world,” said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
Numeracy test 16 to 24-year-olds
- Flanders (Belgium)
- South Korea
- Czech Republic
- Slovak Republic
- Northern Ireland
- United States
Source: OECD Survey of Adult Skills 2013
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