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Reading, writing and arithmetic not up to scratch

A leading Australian businessman has blamed Australia’s education system on employees’ poor reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

A new report released by the Australian Industry Group study has found that business are being adversely affected as their workers are unable to demonstrate simple maths, spelling and grammar skills.  

Peter Strong, CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia told 3AW Drive that employees will often struggle with simple tasks such as measuring and even paperwork.

‘They really struggle to fill a form out,’ Mr Strong told Tom Elliott. ‘It’s a real problem for the young people…they’re very basic things.’

Mr Strong said that our education system does not focus on being a part of the workforce as a major outcome of learning.

‘They see education as about life, about getting things done at home, about enjoying yourself,’ he said. ‘Well it’s not.’ 

‘If you don’t have a job, you don’t have a life.’

Listen in full as Peter Strong speaks with Tom Elliott