UK 19th in Europe for
educational achievement with fewer adults having a-levels and
New statistics have come to light this week
showing that the UK’s sits firmly in ‘mid-table’ in educational
achievement. The new data which is based on the percentage of
adults with a education up to a-level, shows that the UK is behind
several countries including Poland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland
amongst others sitting 19th out of 33 countries. The new
data showed that 24% of the UK’s population aged 25-64 had not
progressed in education past GCSE standard.
The University and College Union (UCU) has
come out to say it believes that the UK is in real danger of
falling behind our European counter parts, unless the government
takes steps to ensure education firmly remains a priority with more
opportunities for everyone to attend higher education.
Sally Hunt head of the UCU general secretary,
believes that the UK should not accept its position of Mid-table
and has commented; “The UK should be at the top of the table when
it comes to education. We pride ourselves on being world leaders in
many areas and must not settle for mid-table obscurity.
She went on further to comment that new
government incentives such as reducing university places and
increasing fees up £9,000 a year could make higher education
including A-level and graduate degree’s less accessible to everyone,
compounding the current mid-table position. Recent figures have
already shown a drop in applications to Universities meaning there
are likely to be less graduates coming through university however
this is tempered with a drop in people aged 18 in the UK.
It is worth a note despite all this that the
UK’s has actually increased its percentage of population with
A-level and higher year on year since 2002, so it remains to be
seen how the governments changes affects the graduate job market and the
UK’s place in educational achievement across the world.