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Pupils failed by ‘shameful’ education system, CBI leader warns

Britain should be “ashamed” of the extent of academic underachievement among schoolchildren

Richard Lambert, director-general of the CBI, has said in a withering attack on the state education system.

By Murray Wardrop
Published: 8:00AM GMT 01 Jan 2010

Mr Lambert said that despite the Government pumping millions of pounds into education, its constant “messing around” had left a generation of pupils without the relevant skills to succeed in business.

He sympathised with head teachers who he claimed have had to grapple with a “kaleidoscope” of “very complicated” changes to the education system in recent years.

As a result, youngsters’ education has suffered, meaning that Britain is now lumbered with one of the highest proportions of Neets (people not in employment, education or training) in the world, he warned.

Children from poor backgrounds are being particularly failed, Mr Lambert said.

In an interview with The Guardian, Mr Lambert said: “If you look at all the data you see as a country we spend a lot on educating kids, but the outcomes aren’t great.

“There’s a very long tail of under-performance. I think this is more than an educational issue, it’s a social and cultural issue as well…………..

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