How Is Our Education Changing to Keep up with the Times
With the ever changing face of our modern world, we have to stand back and ask, how is our education system changing to keep up with the times? As University tuition fees continue to rise and the number of applications to our universities soars, what are our schools and government doing to keep up with these changes?
The UK government has recently announced that, as of 2013, those students who fail to achieve at least a grade C in English and Maths at GCSE will have to carry on taking the subject until they are at least 18.
This comes after the department for education found that 75% of the working adult population in the UK had numeracy skills below a good pass at GCSE. With unemployment continuing to rise, the competition in the job market gets fiercer. Perhaps this is the reason for the 2.5% increase in University applications in the UK in 2011, despite the rising tuition fees. Two thirds of the Universities in the UK have opted to introduce the new £9,000 a year tuition fees. Students who choose to take on a loan for their tuition fees as well as a maintenance loan, may never pay off their debt.
However the UK education system must be getting something right with three out of the ten top universities in the world, (from the times higher education list 2012-13) being from the UK.
For the first time in 2012, Universities in the UK were told that they could accept applicants over and above their normal quota, providing the applicant got minimum grades of AAB. But with all of this talk of higher grades, and job completion, at such a young age, are we pushing our children too far into education? The business leaders of the UK certainly think so, commenting that some of the schools in the UK have become ‘Exam factories,’ and calling for a broader education to be given. This would call for more focus on the arts subjects, such as Language, more time given to extracurricular activities such as sport and practical work, but ultimately, to correct the work-life balance that our education system seems to have gotten so very wrong. There are too many children at the extreme ends of the scale; with a literacy and numeracy level of someone five years their junior, or struggling under the pressure of having to achieve the highest results.