Tuesday, October 08 14:12:58
Employers group, IBEC, said it was worried by the latest OECD Adult Skills survey, which shows that Irish adults perform below average on a range of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving measures.
The report compares the performance of Irish adults with 24 countries. Ireland is significantly below average in terms of literacy (17th), numeracy (16th) and problem solving (18th). Even more alarmingly, the performance of young Irish adults (16-24 years) was no better.
Ibec Head of Education Policy Tony Donohoe, said: "The report is a serious wake-up call for the Irish education system and demands an urgent response. Basic skills determine an individual's participation in employment, education and training, and have implications for their health and civic engagement. They also affect the competitiveness of the economy by affecting its responsiveness to change and new technologies."
"The report has implications for every aspect of the education system, from early childhood to lifelong learning. Achieving better outcomes for our children, young people and adults will not be easy and will require a relentless focus on literacy and numeracy. The government has already announced a number of initiatives in this area, including the literacy and numeracy strategy. The priority now must be implementation."