A report from the OECD states that in Great Britain literacy and numeracy levels in the 16 – 24 year old age bracket are lower than that of 55 – 65 year olds. It also states that 25% of adults have the same level of numeracy skills of a 10 year old. This would suggest the education policy is failing to meet the demands of industry and therefore go some way in explaining the worsening productivity levels amongst other things . A summary of the main finding can be found here, Failing Britain.
Or is it a symptom of something else? An issue of class