A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England’s 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. Unlike other developed countries, the study also showed that young people in England are no better at these tests than older people, in the 55 to 65 age range. The study shows that there are 8.5 million adults in England and Northern Ireland with the numeracy levels of a 10-year-old. Ministers in England have announced a new maths qualification for 16 to 18 year olds as part of a drive to improve numeracy and its requirement that maths should be studied until the age of 18 for those who do not have a good GCSE in the subject. Young adults in Northern Ireland performed better in the OECD tests than in England, but they were also in the bottom half of these rankings.
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