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The need for change

Education has reached a tipping point, its methods are steeped in history, not really relevant to today’s world and do not take into account the significant changes in demographics and workplace changes mainly driven by technological advancements in the workplace

Education has reached a tipping point, its methods are steeped in history, not really relevant to today’s world and do not take into account the significant changes in demographics and workplace changes mainly driven by technological advancements in the workplace

Some facts

  1. Over 1.6billion learners have poor access to quality education
  2. 260+ million children are not in schooling
  3. 400 million children and adolescents are in school but not learning effectively
  4. 573 million people will need upskilling for the technology revolution by 2025

Many education companies believe they have changed the game just by putting material online, but this is not a game changer. Companies are putting courses online which have no value except to those EdTech companies’ profits, they are simply in effect putting textbooks online, in many cases claiming their courses are free but in effect they are then making money from so called “certificates” which in most cases have no regulatory authority overseeing their quality

This is not solving the issues of getting children into well paid careers

Training needs to be regulated and controlled to standards that are accepted by companies looking for employees trained for the modern world and the training needs to be then supported by those companies through the lifelong career path of the employees

Governments in particular need to be helped along these paths, they currently look to existing consultants who think along traditional lines working on the “don’t fix it if it’s not broken” scenario without understanding that it really is broken, education doesn’t need a sticking plaster, it needs a major operation

Blog by:

Michelle Shaw, CEO, UK-IQ She can be contacted at michelle@uk-iq.co.uk

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