22 May 2012.
Commenting on the OECD skills strategy report Better Skill, Better Jobs, Better Lives, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The report’s emphasis on linking the world of work to the world of learning runs contrary to Michael Gove’s vision of a more traditional style education with a focus on academic subjects. While these subjects are of course entirely worthy and worthwhile in themselves, we do need a curriculum which gives recognition and a space to a wide range of subjects.
“The Government must invest not only in education but also in quality early years education and care for children. This would certainly help to build up and promote life-long learning.
“Cutting education budgets and failing to address child poverty and youth unemployment will ensure a significant proportion of the workforce is excluded from developing their full potential.
“The present austerity measures will increase inequality and waste the personal potential of so many. We need to start investing in our children and young people for the benefit of not only the individual, but for society as a whole.